Tuesday 26 January 1915 – We Lost 147
A patrol of the Gurkha Rifles engages a Turkish patrol near El Kantara close to the Suez Canal.
Today’s losses include:
- An heir to the Austin Motor Company family
- Son of a Member of Parliament
- Son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Lieutenant Vernon James Austin (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ Herbert Austin MP KBE. Although destined to take over the family business Austin Motor Company from his father he was set on a military career and on the 6th of January 1912 was commissioned in the Special Reserve of the Royal Artillery as a Second Lieutenant. As an experienced motor car racer he was due to sail for Russia to take part in a race organized by the Automobile Club of Russia when war was declared in August 1914. This morning he and his commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Sandilands (OKS) went forward alone to reconnoitre near La Bassee. While returning along an open stretch of road he is shot in the right side of his chest by a sniper. He lapses into unconsciousness and dies in a few minutes.
- Lieutenant John Arthur Hughes (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the late Reverend John Elias Hughes.