Saturday 17 April 1915 – We Lost 164
British forces take Hill 60 St Eloi.
During an attack from the southern flank of the Ypres’ salient German gas cylinders are found ready to fire. Nothing is done about the discovery; the cylinders are not even reported.
The Turkish torpedo boat Timur-Hissar is caught by the British destroyers Minerva, Jed, Wear and Kennet during a raid on the island base of Chios. Because she lacks the speed to escape, her crew runs the Timur-Hissar aground and blows her up.
Having been purchased by the Admiralty at the outbreak of the war, the Campania is commissioned as a seaplane carrier, for what are the beginnings of the Fleet Air Arm. The new flight deck made of wood and some one hundred sixty feet long, can accommodate ten airplanes.
Submarine E15 runs aground after trying to enter the Sea of Marmora. The shore batteries to which she is completely exposed bombard her. The commanding officer Lieutenant Theodore Stuart Brodie is killed at age 31 leaving the conning tower. His younger brother will die during the 1918 influenza outbreak two days after the Armistice is signed. The Turks attempt to salvage her but she is destroyed by torpedoes fired by British picket boats.
Today’s losses include:
- A Member of Parliament
- The son of a Member of Parliament
- The father of a Member of Parliament
- An uncle of the 3rd Viscount Daventry
- The father of a man who will be killed winning the Victoria Cross in 1942
- A man whose son will be killed in action
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A man whose brother will be killed in action
Today’s highlighted casualties are
- Captain Michael Algernon Fitzroy (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of ‘the Honorable’ Edward Fitzroy, Member of Parliament. He is also the elder brother of the father of the 3rd Viscount Daventry. He was educated at Rugby and Oriel College, Oxford.
- Captain John Joseph Esmonde (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of pneumonia and heart failure at home at age 53. He is the Member of Parliament for North Tipperary and a son will be killed performing acts that will win him a posthumous Victoria Cross in 1942 while another son will be elected to his seat in Parliament while serving in the Leinster Regiment. A third son will be killed in October 1916 while serving as a Second Lieutenant in the Northumberland Fusiliers.
- Lieutenant Ian Breac MacLeod (Black Watch) is killed at age 21. He is the only son of the Reverend Roderick Charles MacLeod of Mitford Vicarage, Morpeth.