Monday 3 May 1915 – We Lost 945

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At the second battle of Ypres, the British withdrawal to a new line of defense is completed.  The Germans are again driven back.

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

Nigerians led by Lieutenant Colonel Haywood capture Ndupe Cameroon.

For the third night in a row Turkish forces attack the Allies on Gallipoli, only to be beaten off with heavy casualties.

An advertisement in American newspapers states that ships flying the British flag are liable to destruction in the war zones.

Today’s losses include:

  • A football player for Ewell
  • Brothers killed on the same day serving in different units
  • A man whose twin brother will be killed later in the Great War
  • The son of the High Sheriff for County Denbigh
  • Multiple families that will lose a second son in the Great War
  • Multiple families that will two additional sons in the Great War
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy

 Today’s highlighted casualties are:

  •  Captain Walter Hayes Pickering Richards (Royal Marines) is killed on Gallipoli at age 33. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Edward Richards Rector of Little Heaton.
  • Captain Arthur Vivian Spedding (Otago Infantry) is killed on Pope’s Hill during the attack on Baby 700 at age 23. His brother will be killed in October 1916.
  • Captain Edward Grahame Mylne (Irish Guards) is killed at age 32. He is the son of Bishop Louis George Mylne Bishop of Bombay and his brother will be killed in September 1916.
  • Lieutenant Lionel James Ormrod (Lancers) dies at home at age 32. He is the first of three sons of Major Oliver Ormrod JP and High Sheriff for County Denbigh to lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Lieutenant Thomas Alexander David Deane (Portsmouth Battalion, Royal Naval Division Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed at age 22. He is the only son of ‘Sir’ Thomas and Lady Deane.
  • Lieutenant Hugh Liddon Richards (Otago Infantry) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Right Reverend Isaac Richards the Bishop of Dunedin. His brother will die of wounds in Egypt in twenty-days.
  • Lieutenant Sydney Giffard (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 26 on Gallipoli. He has two brothers who will be killed during the Great War.
  • Second Lieutenant Harold Gordon Livingstone (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 34 in the Second Battle of Ypres. He is the youngest son of the late Henry Darley Livingston JP of Belclare Westport, Co. Mayo. Lieutenant Livingstone was in the Argentine when the War broke out and returned to England in December 1914, in order to join the Army. He was given a Commission in the Royal Field Artillery, Lahore Division Indian Expeditionary Force in the following month, and after short training at Exeter left for France in April 1915.
  • Sergeant Arthur Frederick Varcoe (Otago Infantry) is killed at age 29. His brother will be killed in 5 days.
  • Lance Sergeant Walter John Frampton (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds in Alexandria. He is the son of the Reverend James Frampton.
  • Lance Corporal John Latham Hampton (London Regiment) is killed at age 38. He played football for Ewell Football Club and has a brother who will die of wounds in 11 days.
  • Private George Albert Isted (Hampshire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in July next year.
  • Private (Signalller) Hugh M Dickson (Black Watch) is killed at Arras at age 24. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Able Seaman Walter Emanuel De La Mare (Nelson Battalion, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Royal Naval Division) is killed in action at age 18. His younger brother will be killed in 1918 at age 20. Private Alfred Wilkins (Australian Infantry) becomes the first of four brothers to lose their lives in the Great War when he is killed on Gallipoli at age 33.
  • Brothers and Privates Benjamin Thomas age 22 and William John Ollard age 30 are killed on the same day while serving with two different units. Benjamin is killed with Middlesex Regiment and William with the Royal Fusiliers.  Both are commemorated on the Ypres Memorial.
  • Private Cecil Hamilton Kirkwell Fitzmaurice (Army Service Corps) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in March 1918.
  • Private William George Bartleman (Royal Scots) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in September 1917.
  • Private Arthur Hoper (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
  • Private David Shaw Baillie (Auckland Regiment) is killed at age 21. His twin brother will be killed in July 1916.
  • Rifleman George Patrick Northam (London Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in September 1917.