Monday 19 April 1915 – We Lost 169
Fighting for Hill 60 continues.
Germans evacuate Keetmanshoop, German South West Africa.
Field Marshal ‘Sir’ John French denies that the British have made use of poison gas.
Lieutenant Lanoe George Hawker (Royal Flying Corps) drops bombs on the German airship shed at Gontrode from a height of only 200 feet while using an unoccupied German captive balloon to shield his aircraft from enemy fire. He has hopes of destroying LZ35 not knowing it has crashed five days earlier. For this action the future Victoria Cross winner will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
- The grandson of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties are
- Major George Henry Walford (Brigade Major 84th Infantry Brigade and Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 36. His brother will be killed in August 1916.
- Lieutenant Brian Lloyd Clarke (Indian Cavalry attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ Marshall Clarke KCMG and grandson of Reverend Mark Clarke.
- Private Charles Harrowell (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
- Private Frederick William Emery (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. His brother will be killed in October 1918.