Thursday 29 April 1915 – We Lost 515

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HMHS Gascon

HMHS Gascon

In the second battle of Ypres there are artillery duels north of the city.  Canadians are withdrawn from the salient.

Turks retreat from the neighborhood of the Suez Canal.

Submarine E14 sinks a Turkish transport in the Sea of Marmora.

On Gallipoli the 1st/5th Royal Scots move to the left flank and build a redoubt.  Lieutenant Colonel J T R Wilson is wounded but eventually finds his way back to the battalion.  A Turkish sniper had appeared from a bush about twelve yards from him.  The first bullet fired hits the bolt of Wilson’s rifle and a second Sergeant Allsop.  A third passes through the Colonel’s arm.  Having made his escape, the Colonel comes across a party of Turks from whom he asks directions.  They seem not interested in taking him prisoner, and at the same time offer him no assistance.  Moving on, Colonel Wilson then encounters another sniper who fires three shots at him.  He then lays on his back pretending to be dead until he can make his escape.

The hospital ship Gascon reaches Alexandria, Egypt with the first 548 casualties from Anzac, fourteen of whom died in the one and a half-day voyage.

Today’s losses include:

  • The grandson of the New Zealand Postmaster General
  • A schoolmaster
  • The son of a General
  • The grandson of a Rear Admiral
  • The brother-in-law of the 7th Earl of Poulett who will die on service later in the war
  • Another man whose brother-in-law will be killed later in the war
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons
  • A man who is one of three sons in a family that will be lost

 Today’s highlighted casualties are:

  •  Major Godfrey Barker (Drake Battalion Royal Marines) is killed on Gallipoli at age 32. He is the son of the late Colonel ‘Sir’ Francis Barker Kt.
  • Major Macelesfield Heptinstall Anderson (33rd Light Cavalry, Indian Army) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 41. He is the son of General ‘Sir’ Horace Searle Anderson.
  • Major Edward Charles Talbot (47 Sikhs, Indian Army) is killed at age 34. His brother will be killed in August 1918. They are grandsons of Rear Admiral ‘Sir’ Charles Talbot and Edward’s brother-in-law will be killed in September 1918.
  • Captain Cecil John Talbot Rhys Wingfield (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds at age 33. He is the son-in-law of the 6th Earl Poulett and brother-in-law of Captain William John Lydston Poulett the 7th Earl who will die on service in July 1918.
  • Captain Edward Allen Smeathman Hatton (Royal Marines) is killed in action at age 31. He is the son of the late Reverend J L S Hatton.
  • Corporal Philip Gardner Tattle (Wellington Infantry) is killed. He is a schoolmaster at Longbush.
  • Lance Corporal Cecil Herbert Norton (Quebec Regiment) is killed at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Philip Norton Rector of Brindon Parva.
  • Private Percy Edgar Vile (Australian Infantry) is killed in action on Gallipoli at age 23. His epitaph reads “May God’s Perpetual Light Shine on Him”. His brother will be killed in May.
  • Private Edward Herbert Fisher (Wellington Infantry) is killed at age 23. He is the grandson of the late James Temple Fisher the New Zealand Postmaster General.
  • Private Bernard Eyre Baxter (Wellington Infantry) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Private Thomas Dolan (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the first of three brothers who are killed in the war.