Tuesday 16 February 1915 – We Lost 187
Royal Naval Air Service aircraft from Dover and Felixstone raid Zeebrugge. Three of the aircraft and their pilots are lost at sea. One of the lost pilots is Flight Lieutenant ‘the Honorable’ Desmond O’Brien the son of the 14th Baron Inchiquin, killed at age 19.
In Singapore Lieutenant Angus Forsyth Legge (Singapore Volunteer Rifles) volunteers for a dangerous medical service in place of a married man who is first appointed to it and is killed during the riots. With his stretcher-bearers he is following up the firing line and in the darkness and thick bush some of the mutineers get behind them and he is shot from behind. He is the son of the Reverend James Wilson Legge.
A partial War Council agrees to send the regular 29th Division, which has just been offered to the Greek government and rejected, to Lemnos – a Greek island forty to fifty miles off the Dardanelles. The 29th Division will be joined by Australian and New Zealand troops from Egypt.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A son of the 14th Baron Inchiquin
- A son of the 1st and last Baron Tyrrell of Avon
Today’s highlighted casualty is
Second Lieutenant Francis Chichester Victor Tyrrell (Coldstream Guards) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William and Lady Tyrrell the 1st and last Baron Tyrrell of Avon and his older brother will die in the collision of his naval vessel in 1918.
- Lieutenant Hilary Gresford Evan-Jones (Welsh Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Richard Evan-Jones, and was educated at Charterhouse and Hertford College, Oxford where he was the Williams Prizeman.