Wednesday 17 March 1915 – We Lost 183
Winston Churchill cables his agreement to de Robeck taking command in the following message: “Personal and Secret from First Lord. In entrusting to you with great confidence the command of the Mediterranean Detached Fleet I presume…that you consider, after separate and independent judgment, that the immediate operations proposed are wise and practicable. If not, do not hesitate to say so. If so, execute them without delay and without further reference at the first favorable opportunity…All good fortune attend you.” De Robeck replies that weather permitting he will attack on the following day.
Today’s losses include:
- The brother of a Baronet
- A man whose brother was killed less than one week previously
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- A man who will have two brothers killed later in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties are
- Lieutenant Colonel George Francis Reginald Forbes (Irish Regiment) dies of wounds at Bailleui received two days before at St Eloi at age 48. He is the son of Colonel ‘the Honorable’ W F Forbes.
- Captain Eric Samuel Pennant James (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 27. He has been an open Classical Exhibitioner and M A of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and a Foundation Scholar at St Paul’s School.
- Captain Arbuthnott John Dunbar (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 29. He is the brother of the 10th
- Captain Michael Reginald Kirkman Hodgson (Royal Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 35 five days after his younger brother has been killed. They are sons of Robert Kirman JP and Lady Honora Janet Hodgson.
- Second Lieutenant Alexander Dalziel Sprunt (Bedfordshire Regiment attached South Staffordshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action leading a charge one week earlier at Neuve Chapelle. The 24 year old has two brothers the first will be killed in June while the second will die of wounds in 1919.