Tuesday 27 April 1915 – We Lost 872
In the second battle of Ypres an allied attack north of the city is checked by the use of gas.
HMS Queen Elizabeth sinks a Turkish torpedo boat off Maidos.
Lieutenant Commander Edward Courtney Boyle is awarded the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery in command of Sub E14 when he dives his vessel under the enemy minefield and enters the Sea of Marmora. In spite of great navigational difficulties from strong currents, of the continual neighborhood of hostile patrols and of the hourly danger of attack from the enemy, he continues to operate in the narrow waters of the straits and succeeds in sinking two Turkish gunboats and one large military transport.
Winston Churchill announces that twenty nine German prisoners from submarines will be separately confined and specially treated as a reprisal against the German submarine campaign.
The Royal Scots commence a general advance on Gallipoli at 16:00. Heavy casualties are suffered and they must retire from the advanced position.
The battle of Gibeon Africa takes place. Major John Robertson Watt (Natal Light Horse) the brother of the Natal Minister of Public Works is killed in action.
Today’s losses include:
- A Brigadier General
- A Battalion Commander
- The son of the Justice of the High Court of the United Provinces of India
- The son of a Canadian Senator
- The son of the Chancellor of the University of Sydney
- Multiple sons of Baronets
- The brother of Natal’s Minister of Public Works
- A man whose brother was killed while serving in the Tochi Field Force in 1897
- A First Class cricket player
- A noted football player
- A man whose uncle and cousin will be killed later in the war
- A member of the clergy serving in the infantry
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
- Multiple families that will lose three sons
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Brigadier General Julian Hasler (Commanding 11th Brigade, 4th Division) is killed in action at age 46 at St Jean by a shell.
- Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Charles Augustus Vivian (commanding 15th Ludhiana Sikhs) is killed at age 41. His brother Lieutenant McIver Cample Vivian died of wounds with the Tochi Field Force in 1897.
- Major Bernard Maynard Lucas Brodhurst (Gurkha Rifles) is killed at age 41. He made a single first-class cricket appearance for Hampshire in 1897 against Warwickshire is the son of the late Mr. Justice Maynard Brodhurst of the High Court United Provinces India.
- Captain John Russell Pound (Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 27. His brother died of wounds last November and they are sons of ‘Sir’ John Lulham Pound 2nd
- Captain Caryl Lermitte Boxall (Hampshire Regiment) is dies of wounds at age 27on Gallipoli. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Alleyne Alfred Boxall, the 1st Baronet and Lady Boxall.
- Lieutenant John Philip Beningfield (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds at age 23. His brother was killed last month.
- Second Lieutenant Alan Williamson Kent (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of P B Kent, JP.
- Second Lieutenant J Cartmell D Brown (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Frank Brown.
- Second Lieutenant Dorrien Edward Grose-Hodge (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Grose-Hodge Rector of Birmingham.
- CQMS Nevill Benjamin Blythe Brooke (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed.
- Sergeant Hugh McLennan (Canadian Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 27. He is the son of the ‘Honorable’ Senator I S McLennan and was a student of The Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris.
- Private David Greenhalgh (Liverpool Regiment) is killed at age 30. His two brothers will both be killed in August 1916.
- Private Ray Bowen Hodges (Central Ontario Regiment) dies of gassing at age 19. His brother was killed two days earlier.
- Colonel Henry Normand MacLaurin (1st Brigade Headquarters, Australian Infantry) is killed in action on Gallipoli at age 37 when he is shot by a sniper. He is the son of the Chancellor of the University of Sydney, ‘Sir’ Henry Normand MacLaurin. Several weeks after his death an order will be issued promoting Colonel MacLaurin to the temporary rank of Brigadier General.
- Captain George Levis Blake Concanon (Australian Infantry) is killed in action at Lone Pine at age 34. His uncle will be killed on Gallipoli in December and his cousin killed while serving in the Australian Flying Corps in May 1918. Lieutenant Alan Dudley Henderson (Australian Infantry) is killed. His brother will be killed in action within two weeks.
- Lieutenant Leslie John Waters (Australian Infantry) is killed by a bullet through the forehead while observing Turkish troops through binoculars. His brother will be killed in November 1917.
- Private ‘Reverend’ Havilland Montagu Durand (Australian Infantry) is also killed at age 33. His brother was killed three days before last Christmas and they are sons of the Reverend Havilland Durrand Vicar of Earley.
- Private Francis Herbert Stokes (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 40. He is the son of the Reverend Francis Herbert Stokes Rector of Chafers South Australia.
- Private Roy Alexander McNabb (Wellington Infantry) is killed in action at age 19. He is the first of three brothers who will die in the Great War, the second being killed in three days, while the final will be killed in July 1916.
- Private William Thomas Love (Otago Infantry) is killed. He is a noted football player