Monday 11 January 1915 – We Lost 88
In the early morning the entire available British force on the Suez, under the command of Colonel S M Edwardes DSO, (King Edward’s Own Grenadiers), take the offensive, defeat and drive back the Arab rebels, who flee into the interior, having suffered losses estimated at over 300 killed and wounded. Colonel Edwardes brings to notice the very valuable assistance rendered by Lieutenant-Colonel R A E Benn, Political Agent Masqat.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- A man who will have two of his brothers killed in the war
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A Hemel Hempsted cricket player
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Lieutenant Porticius George Chaworth-Musters (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 26. He is the eldest son of the late J P Chaworth-Musters DL JP. His two brothers will lose their lives in the Great War, one in 1917 and the other in October 1918. He played cricket for Hemel Hempsted.
- Lieutenant Harcourt John Snowden (Hertfordshire Regiment) is shot by a sniper. After seeing that the sentries are at their posts, he crosses the Rue du Bois, and in doing so is shot and killed at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Harcount Chlares Vaux Snowden Vicar of St Peter’s Broadstairs.