Thursday 15 April 1915 – We Lost 188
A German soldier is taken prisoner with a gas respirator and gives details of a forthcoming gas attack.
Three German Navy Zeppelins fail in an attempt to reach their targets in the Humber area. L5 bombs Lowestoft at about 23:30, L6 bombs Maldon, while L7 spends an hour skirting the coast from Hunstanton to Yarmouth, then at 02:40 heads back to Germany without bombing. The greatest damage is to a timber yard at Lowestoft.
Today’s losses include:
- A Baronet
- Two battalion commanders
- The son of a General and the son of a Surgeon General
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A man whose brother was killed in the South African War
- The son of the retired Consul General of Calais
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
- A man whose son will be killed in July 1916 on the Somme
Today’s highlighted casualties are
- Lieutenant Colonel James William Alston (commanding 2nd Irish Rifles) is killed at age 41.
- Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Xavier Britten (commanding 110th Mahratta Light Infantry) is killed at Basra at age 46. He is the son of Major General Thomas Ernest Britten.
- Captain Maurice Burnett (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action at Basra at age 26. He is the son of Surgeon General Burnett AMS.
- Captain William Leonard Reid (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed at Basra at age 24. He is the son of the Reverend John Reid.
- Lieutenant Roland James Corbet (Coldstream Guards) the 5th Baronet is killed in action at age 22. He is the head of one of the few families able to trace in the male line direct descent from a family of the same name well-known in Normandy, who came over with William the Conqueror. He went out to the front early in the war, and was sent home wounded in October. On his recovery he returned to Flanders.
- Lieutenant Robert Roland Waddell-Dudley (Royal Fusiliers) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend W D Waddell-Dudley St Stephens Vicarage St Albans who lost a son to enteric fever at Bloemfontein in June 1900.
- Lieutenant Charles Mervyn Payton (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Charles A Payton MVO (retired Consul General Calais).
- Second Lieutenant Arthur Cyril Brickwood (York and Lancs Regiment) dies of injuries at Boulogne at age 18. He is the son of ‘Sir’ John Brickwood 1st
- Lance Sergeant John Keith Atlay (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother was killed last month.
- Corporal Ernest Penny (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother will die on service in June 1919.
- Petty Officer Leonard Arthur Churchill (HMS Vivid) dies at home at age 35. His brother who is assigned to the same naval barracks will also die on service in May 1917.
- Gunner Harry Sidney Brain (Royal Garrison Artillery) dies of wounds at age 35. His son will be killed in July 1916 and he served in the South African War with the Imperial Yeomanry.