Saturday 30 January 1915 – We Lost 139
During the evening the 4th (Guards) Brigade moves forward to take over the front line, and the Grenadier Guards, 2nd Brigade, takes over the thousand yards of front line in front of the ruins of Cuinchy with the Irish Guards in support. The Irish Guards are allocated positions east of the La Bassee-Bethune Road and in the center of its line is a collection of huge brick stacks, originally 30 feet high. There are nearly thirty of these stacks, five held by the British and the remainder in German hands; converted for defense, they are connected by a complex system of trenches and saps.
A German submarine sinks the merchant vessels Linda Blanche and Kilcoan eighteen miles northwest from Liverpool and the Ikaria twenty-five miles northwest of Havre and Tokomaru seven miles northwest from Havre. Another submarine sinks the Ben Cruachan fifteen miles northwest from Morecambe Lighthouse and the merchant vessel Oriole is sunk probably by a submarine in the English Channel. She is the only vessel to suffer casualties, 21 including her master William George Dale are killed.
Today’s losses include:
- Three families that will lose another son later in the war
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Acting Sergeant Joseph George Church (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. His brother will be killed in August 1917.
- Lance Corporal Herbert William Street (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies at home at age 22. His older brother will be killed in February 1917.
- Driver James Sydney Nunney (Royal Field Artillery) dies at home on active service at age 22. His brother will be killed in November 1916.