Friday 5 February 1915 – We Lost 171
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Private William Arthur Ham (Canterbury Battalion New Zealand Expeditionary Forces) dies from a bullet wound to his neck received two day earlier in the Battle of the Suez Canal. He is the first New Zealand soldier to die in the Great War. William Ham was 22 years old and was born in Ireland. He emigrated with his parents, William Edward Ham and Hester Hawthorn (nee Barnwell) and two younger brothers from London to Gisborne, arriving in October 1903. They came out on the RMS Athenic, the very ship that 11 years later transported him to Egypt from New Zealand.
- Captain George Herbert Hastings (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Samuel Hastings Vicar of Halton.
- Private William Nunn (Suffolk Regiment) becomes the first casualty of his battalion during the Great War when he is shot in the back of the head by a sniper while making breakfast.