Sunday 31 January 1915 – We Lost 102
During this month Wilfred Stokes invents the 3-inch trench mortar which is rescued from War Office rejection by the intervention of General Sir Douglas Haig, commander of the First Army.
The enemy captures some trenches near the village of Cuinchy.
By month end the strength of the BEF is 347,384.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Two families that will lose another son in 1918
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Lieutenant Ernest John Munby (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend George Woodhouse Munby Rector of Turvey.
- Lance Corporal George Hurdley (King’s Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed in action. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
- Private Frank Bates (Royal Sussex Regiment) dies of disease at home at age 21. His brother will die of wounds in April 1918.