Friday 2 April 1915 – We Lost 130
The trawlers Jason, Gloxinia and Nellie are sunk in the North Sea by the submarine U-10.
Correspondence between Great Britain and Germany as to submarine crews taken prisoner by British forces is first published. Germany declares that prisoners from submarines are not being treated as prisoners of war. Great Britain answers that their treatment is better than that of British prisoners of equal rank in Germany and that prisoners from submarines are not honorable opponents, having been engaged in killing non-combatants.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a Member of Parliament for the Gainsborough Division
- Multiple families that will lose a second son in this war or the next
Today’s highlighted casualties are
Lieutenant Eric Elsdale Molson (Royal Scots) is killed at Kemmel at age 21. He is the son of John Elsdale Molson MP for the Gainsborough Division. His brother will be lost in the sinking of HMS Ralwalpindi in November 1939.
- Corporal John William Yerrell (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 26. His brother will be killed in July 1916.
- Private Frederick Mustoe (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in August 1918.