Monday 8 March 1915 – We Lost 128
Dardanelles operations are hindered by bad weather.
Skipper James Sargent (Royal Naval Reserve) HM Mine-sweeper #285 is awarded the Distinguished Service Cross when the minesweeper is sunk by a mine off Smyrna. Skipper Sargent is in the wheelhouse when the explosion occurs and although severely bruised by a heavy iron plate, picks his way to the aft end of the shattered and sinking vessel with the object of ordering 2nd Engineman F W Ingram to stop the engines, the engine room telegraph being broken. He continues to encourage his men and does not leave the vessel until she sinks beneath him.
Today’s losses include:
- The runner up to the Scottish Women’s Golf Championship in 1907
- A member of the Murrayfield, North Berwick and Dornoch Golf Clubs
- The son of a Surgeon General
- Son of a Justice of the Peace and Alderman
- A man whose brother will be killed in 1917
Today’s highlighted casualties are
Nurse Madge Neill Fraser (Women’s Scottish Hospital attached Red Cross) dies on service of typhus at Kragujevatz Serbia. She is a member of the Murrayfield, North Berwick and Dornoch Golf Clubs. She was the runner-up to the Scottish Women’s Champion in 1907 and a semi-finalist in 1906. She was also a semi-finalist to the Ladies Championship in 1910 and represented Scotland Internationally. Her brother will be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
- Captain James Russell Landale (Rajput Light Infantry) is killed at age 34. He is the son of Surgeon General Landale.
- Private Leonard Fuller (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry) dies of wounds received at St Eloi at age 33. He is the son of the late Alfred Fuller JP and Alderman of Hunts County Council.
- Private Wilfred Dunn (Black Watch) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in May 1917.