Wednesday 31 March 1915 – We Lost 135

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Wyndham Halswelle

Wyndham Halswelle

The Home Secretary appoints a Committee of enquiry into the recruitment of men from the retail trades.

Today’s losses include:

  • An Olympic Gold Medal Winner and record holder
  • A son of the 1st Viscount Hanworth
  • A man whose widow will lose a second husband killed in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties are

 Captain Wyndham Halswelle (Highland Light Infantry) is killed by a sniper at age 32. He had held the Amateur running records for the quarter mile, 300 yards and 220 yards, and he was the 1908 Olympic Gold Medal Winner and Olympic record holder in the quarter mile.  At the 1906 Athens Olympics he won the Silver Medal in the 400 meters and the Bronze in the 800 meters.  He is the son of Edinburgh trained artist Keeley Halswelle. In the 1908 400 meter race he was blocked by an American runner, which under Olympic rules was not allowed so the race was ordered re-run without the offending blocker. The other top finishers (Halswelle finished third) refused to re-run the race and so for the only time in Olympic history the race was won in a walk-over by Halswelle. Beginning with the next Olympics all 400 meter races will be run in lanes and the International Amateur Athletic Federation is founded to establish uniform worldwide rules for athletics. He is a member of the Scottish Athletics Hall of Fame and his Scottish record time for the 300 yards will survive until 1961. He is a veteran of the South African War.

  • Captain Charles Thomas Anderdon Pollock (Inns of Court OTC attached East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ Ernest Pollock KCB CB 1st Viscount Hanworth.
  • Private Edwin Curley (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 20. His widow will remarry and her new husband will be killed in Italy in October 1918.