Monday 5 April 1915 – We Lost 105

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Union forces occupy Kalkfontein and Kamus, German South West Africa.  German forces are defeated at Karunja, German East Africa.

King George V prohibits the use of alcoholic drinks in any of the royal households.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Major General
  • The son of a Victoria Cross winner
  • The second son to lose his life in a family that will lost a total of four sons
  • Two brothers struck by the same shell one dying today the other in ten days

 Today’s highlighted casualties are

  •  Captain Eustace Francis Frederick Sartorius (Grenadier Guards) dies of wounds at Boulogne received in action at Neuve Chapelle two days before at age 33. He is the son of Major General E H Sartorius who was awarded Victoria Cross during the Ashanti war of 1874. Captain Sartorius was a veteran of the South Africa War.
  • Sergeant George Constable (Dorsetshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the second of four brothers to die in the Great War.
  • Lance Corporal William Johnstone age 23 and his brother Private Davaid Johnstone age 17 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders are both struck by the same shell. William is killed while David will die of wounds in ten days.