Sunday 18 April 1915 – We Lost 455
British troops report gas shelling at Hill 60, and repulse German attacks. A British aircraft drops six one-pound bombs on the German aircraft hanger at Chanak, destroying the aircraft inside.
Brigadier General Frederick Hugh Cunliffe opens the third campaign in the northwest corner of Cameroon with an Allied force that includes on the British side, nine companies of infantry (one mounted), three guns (including a borrowed 12-pounder and gun crew from HMS Challenger) and nine machine guns; the French contribute three companies of tirailleurs, a squadron of cavalry, two guns and two machine guns.
Union forces occupy Seeheim, German South West Africa.
A frontier raid is repulsed on the northern border of the Peshawar Valley.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a Field Marshall
- Multiple sons of a Justice of the Peace
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
- A family that will lose three sons
- Two men whose father will be lost later this year
- A member of the Berthamsted Town Band
Today’s highlighted casualties are
- Captain Cecil Thomas Tuff (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed in action on Hill 60 Ypres at age 29. He is the son of Charles Tuff JP who will have a second son die of wounds on Malta in November of this year.
- Captain Ronald Charters Macpherson (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received in action at age 22. He is the youngest son of the late ‘Sir’ J M and Lady Macpherson.
- Lieutenant Charles Caledon Egerton (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 28. His brother, Major James Boswell Egerton (Indian Cavalry) will be killed in action in October 1918 at age 38. They are sons of Field Marshall ‘Sir’ Charles C Egerton GCB DSO.
- Captain Edward Wilberforce Leather (Yorkshire Regiment attached King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 35. He is a veteran of the South African War and his older and younger brothers will also be killed in the Great War. Second Lieutenant Edmund Basil Walker (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend George Walker Rector of Marach.
- Second Lieutenant Bernard Craig Keble Job (Royal West Kent Regiment) is killed on Hill 60 at age 27. He is the only son of the Reverend Frederick William Job vicar of Lower Gomal Staffordshire.
- Second Lieutenant John Haslope Oldham (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry attached King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed. He is the son of Ernest Haslope Oldham JP.
- Second Lieutenant Frederick Rennell Thackeray MC (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action at age 23. His father will die on active service in October of this year.
- Second Lieutenant Francis John MacLardie Chubb (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed. His father will be killed in July of this year.
- Second Lieutenant Henry Burden Hodges (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 19. He was the public school champion at Aldershot in 1914 and is the son of J F W Hodges JP.
- Sergeant Joe Leonard Bottomley (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 38 on Hill 60. He is a South Africa War veteran and his brother Willie will also be killed in the Great War.
- Private Frederick John Jones (Hertfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. He is a member of the Berkhamsted Town Band.