Tuesday 13 April 1915 – We Lost 204
The Munitions Committee meets under the chairmanship of Mr. David Lloyd George.
Admiral King-Hall receives intercepted naval signals that indicate Kronborg and the captured British steamer Rubens have arrived at Tanga. He proceeds there with Hyacinth and Duplex.
The Turks are defeated north of Basra and continue their retreat from Shaiba. Major George Godfrey Massey Wheeler leads his squadron to the attack of the “North Mound”. He is seen far ahead of his men riding single handed straight for the enemy’s standards. This gallant officer is killed on the Mound. Jemadar Sudham Singh accompanies Major Wheeler in his attempt to capture the enemy’s flag. While Major Wheeler is shot dead on his horse, Jemadar Sudham Singh is pulled to the ground, has oil poured over him, and is set on fire; his still smoldering body is recovered by the British later in the day. He will be posthumously awarded the Indian Order of Merit. Major Wheeler is the grandson of Major General ‘Sir’ Hugh Massy Wheeler who was killed in the Indian Rebellion of 1857 along with a number of his family.
Today’s losses include:
- A Member of Parliament
- The grandson of a former Prime Minister
- A man whose grandfather was killed in the Indian Rebellion of 1857
- The grandson of a General
- A son of a member of the clergy
- A Cambridge Rugby Blue
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
Today’s highlighted casualties are
- Lieutenant William Glynne Charles Gladstone (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) a Member of Parliament and grandson of the former Prime Minister is killed in action by a bullet to the head at Poperhinge at age 29. He had served previously as the attaché to Lord Bryce, British Ambassador to the United States. General French orders his body disinterred despite heavy enemy fire and has it sent home for a military funeral. Hearing of this Fabian Ware while in charge of a mobile Red Cross Unit arranges to get the authorities to put out an order forbidding exhumations, partly on the grounds of hygiene, but also to prevent having to give in to pressure from powerful relatives of particular soldiers. This will lead to the creation of the Imperial War Graves Commission predecessor of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to oversea the care of graves of all members of the Imperial Forces who “died from wounds inflicted, accident occurring or disease contracted, while on active service whether sea or land”.
- Second Lieutenant T H H Wood (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Clifford C Wood.
- Second Lieutenant Charles Aubrey Vintcent (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 22. He is a Cambridge Rugby Blue.
- Sergeant John Herbert Fletcher (Sherwood Foresters) is killed. His brother will be killed in less than a month.
- Private Alex C Lyall (Cameron Highlanders) is killed. His brother will be killed in August 1916.
- Private William Rome Birnie (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed on Gallipoli next month.