Friday 5 March 1915 – We Lost 129
The Admiralty wirelesses Stoddart saying it has intercepted a coded telegram instructing a German collier to meet Dresden at a point three hundred miles west of Coronel today.
The Dardanelles Narrows forts are bombarded by the Queen Elizabeth from the Gulf of Saros. Fort L is blown up and others are destroyed.
Vice Admiral Richard H Peirse begins his attack against Smyrna but the naval operations are accompanied by a curious attempt to negotiate with the Vali of Smyrna, alleged to be pro-Allied, to in effect neutralize the port and surrounding village by surrendering to the British his small craft and permitting them to sweep a path through the Turkish minefields. The negotiations with the Vali open on a promising note but ultimately come to nothing.
Today’s losses include:
- A family that will lose three more sons in the Great War
- Multiple families that will lose another son in the war
Today’s highlighted casualties are
- Major Mark Leigh Goldie DSO MCO (Royal Horse Artillery) is killed at age 39. His brother will be killed in August on Gallipoli.
- Captain Miles Bury Selby-Smyth (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 30. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel Edward Guy Selby-Smith.
- Lance Corporal Oscar George Brubach (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 24. He is the first of four brothers who are killed in the Great War.
- Lance Corporal Patrick Joseph Keenan (Irish Rifles) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Private Alfred Coldicott (Warwickshire Regiment) dies of wounds at home at age 19. His brother will be killed in October 1916.
- Private William Isaac Trafford (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 24. His brother will die on service in March 1919.