Saturday 13 March 1915 – We Lost 662
The battle of Neuve Chapelle ends. The British have penetrated 1,200 yards on a front of 4,000 yards. Their casualties for the whole battle are 583 officers and 12,309 other ranks. German losses are estimated at about 12,000, of whom 30 officers and 1,637 other ranks are taken prisoner.
A determined attempt to clear mines from the Dardanelles Straits, involving six trawlers and the cruiser Amethyst, ends when all but two of the trawlers are put out of action by shore batteries. Lieutenant Commander John Beauchamp Waterlow will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his actions this night as he carried the attack through an area illuminated by six powerful searchlights and covered by the of forts as well as numerous light guns. Commander Waterlow will be killed serving on HMS Black Prince at Jutland.
Today’s losses include:
- A Baronet
- Two battalion commanders
- Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
- The son of the Consul of Adelaide, Australia
- Multiple sons of clergy
- Multiple families that will lose another son in the Great War
- A family that will lose two more sons
- A family that will lose three more sons
Today’s highlighted casualties are
Captain ‘Sir’ Edward Hamilton Westrow Hulse (Scots Guards) the 7th Baronet is killed in action at age 25 trying to aid Major Paynter his commanding officer.
- Lieutenant Colonel Laurence Rowe Fisher-Rowe (commanding 1st Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds received the previous day at Neuve Chapelle at age 48. He is South Africa War veteran.
- Lieutenant Colonel Henry Percy Uniacke CB (commanding 2nd Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 52. He was wounded in Tirah in 1898.
- Captain and Adjutant Allan O’Halloran (Irish Rifles) is killed in action at age 28. He is the son of the late Frederick O’Halloran JP Consul of Adelaide, Australia and had served in the South Africa War.
- Captain Henry Owen Bridgecourt Becher (Cameronians) is killed in action at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend Harry Becher Rector of Rosscarberry.
- Captain Maurice Kirkman Hodgson (Sherwood Foresters) is killed in action at age 34. He is the son of Robert Kirkman Hodgson JP and Lay Honora Janet and he has a brother who will be killed in action four days later.
- Lieutenant William Louis Tate (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 24. He was an Honor student at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
- Lieutenant Thomas Brooke Benson (Royal Scots Fusiliers) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the late Reverend Riou George Benson.
- Lieutenant Marlborough E B Crosse (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in May of this year.
- Lance Sergeant Alec Chapman Atlay (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 27. His brother will be killed next month.
- Private Alfred O’Hare (East Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 16. His brother will be killed in July 1916.
- Private Ernest Hall (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed. His brother will be killed in July of this year.
- Private William Lewis Gratton (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 40. He is the first of four brothers to be killed in the Great War.
- Private Harry Shipp (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action. His brother was killed in October 1914.
- Private Philip George Cogan (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed. His two brothers were killed last November together serving as Sergeants in the same Regiment.