Friday 16 April 1915 – We Lost 204
The Turkish torpedo-boat Dhair Hissar emerges from Smyrna, stops the British transport Manitou and orders the troops to abandon her. Two torpedoes are fired, but miss and the Turk is driven off and run ashore by British destroyers which have come up, the crew being captured. Owing to two boats being upset in leaving the transport 51 lives are lost.
Shipping guidelines for merchant ships to steer zigzag courses previously issued on 10th Feb are elaborated.
The first sortie against England by a German army airplane occurs. The raider crosses the coast near Kingsdown at 11:40 and flies at 8,900 feet to Sittingbourne, drops four small bombs at 12:20 and shortly afterwards drops another, which falls in the Swale. It returns via Faversham, where it releases five incendiaries, and Canterbury, finally leaving north of Deal at 12:50.
The British apology to Chile for sinking the Dresden in Chilean waters is published.
A British detachment under the command of Major W. H. Lane (Russell’s Infantry) at Jask, on the Gulf of Oman, successfully repulses an attack by disaffected tribesmen.
Today’s losses include:
- Nephew of abolitionist, social activist, poet and author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” Julia Ward Howe
- Father of actor Howard Marion-Crawford who appeared in the movies The Longest Day and Lawrence of Arabia
- Son of novelist Francis Marion-Crawford
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties are
Second Lieutenant Harold F Marion-Crawford (Irish Guards) the son of the novelist Francis Marion-Crawford and nephew of Julia Ward Howe is killed in a bombing instructing accident while serving as the Brigade Bombing Instructor. He is the father of the actor Howard MarionCrawford who appeared in both The Longest Day and Lawrence of Arabia.
- Sergeant Arthur Cross (Grenadier Guards) is killed. His brother will be killed in June 1917 at Arras.
- Private William Draycott (East Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds received 6 April at age 29. His brother will be killed in one week.
- Private Frederick William Webber (Alberta Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend George Henry Webber Rector of St Mary’s Port Glasgow.