Tuesday 9 March 1915 – We Lost 166
A bill is introduced to give the Government powers over Munitions Works.
Today’s losses include:
- The author of the play “An Englishman’s Home”
- Son of the creator of Trilby and Svengali
- Brother of the actor and playwright Gerald du Maurier
- Uncle of writer Daphne du Maurier
- A battalion commander
- Son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties are
Lieutenant Colonel Guy Louis Busson du Maurier DSO (commanding 3rd Royal Fusiliers) dies of wounds at age 49 when a shell lands at the doorway of his battalion headquarters. He is the author of the play “An Englishman’s Home” based on the idea of a German invasion of England and had served in the Burmese and South African Campaigns. He is the son of author and cartoonist George du Maurier creator of Trilby and Svengali and brother of the actor and playwright Gerald du Maurier and uncle of writer Daphne du Maurier.
- Second Lieutenant Charles Richard Griffin Vance (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. He is the youngest son of the late Venerable Joseph Vance the former Archdeacon of Limerick.