Monday 15 March 1915 – We Lost 363
The battle of St Eloi continues. British forces retake the village and most the ground lost yesterday.
HMS Amethyst makes a dash into the Dardanelles Straits and is damaged.
Vice Admiral Richard H Peirse is ordered to return Triumph and Swiftsure for the impending attack at the Dardanelles. In the course of the operations a small German commanded, Turkish torpedo boat, Demir Hissar, sneaks out of the Dardanelles, and manages to disable the seaplane carrier Anne Rickmers. Admiral Henry Bradwardine Jackson states of the Smyrna operation that, “The results hardly seem commensurate with the losses and expenditure of ammunition”.
The Kent, Glasgow and Orama depart the Juan Fernandez Islands with the Dresden’s wounded.
Today’s losses include:
- A member of the family that were the inspiration of J M Barrie for Peter Pan and the Lost Boys
- The son of a General
- The son of a Surgeon General
- A man whose father will die on service in 1917
- Multiple sons of clergy
- Multiple families that will lose another son in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties are
Second Lieutenant George Llewelyn Davies (King’s Royal Rifle Corps attached Rifle Brigade) is killed in action when he is shot in the head at age 21. Along with his brothers they were the inspiration of J M Barrie’s stories of Neverland and Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. The character of George Darling, Wendy’s father is named after George. Private
- Major Frederick Sutherland Lillie (Irish Regiment) is killed in action at age 42. He is the son of the Reverend John Edward Sutherland Lillie Rector of Wakes Colne and he had served on the North West Frontier of India in 1897-8.
- Captain Robert MacGregor Bowen-Colthurst (Leinster Regiment) is killed in action at age 31. He is the son in law of the Reverend C F C West. During the Easter Rising in Dublin, Ireland his brother, serving as a Captain in the Army, will shoot well know pacifist writer Francis Sheehy-Skeffington, who took no part in the rebellion.
- Captain George Herbert Gresley Perry (West Yorkshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the son of Major General ‘Sir’ H W Perry, KCMG CB CSI.
- Captain Oswald Neville Tebbutt (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
- Captain Theodore Stewart Lukis (London Regiment) dies of wounds received two days earlier at age 29. His father Surgeon General ‘Sir’ Charles Pardy Lukis will die on service in Inida in October 1917.
- Second Lieutenant H A W Beausire (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 22, one month after the death in action of his younger brother.
- Private Wilfred Hoyle (Honorable Artillery Company) dies on service at home. His brother will be killed in action in three weeks.