Friday 26 March 1915 – We Lost 148
Winston Churchill’s instruction, “Proceed as proposed and with all dispatch”, authorizes commencement of the design of tanks. They are to be bullet proof machines in the words of Major General ‘Sir’ Ernest Swinton “capable of destroying machine guns, of crossing country and trenches, of breaking through entanglements, and of climbing earthworks”.
Today’s losses include:
- A son of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose another son in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties are
- Lieutenant Commander Charles Pleydell Mansell (HMS Celtic) dies at sea at age 43. His brother will be killed in October 1916 and they are sons of the Reverend Owen Luttrell Mansell.
- Second Lieutenant John William Henry Greig (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Indian Cavalry) is killed in the operations against the Toch at age 28. His brother will die of injuries in suffered in the loss of HMS Russell in April 1917.
- Private Albert Drew Hughes (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed on the Western Front at age 22. His brother will be killed in September 1918.