Tuesday 4 May 1915 – We Lost 500

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In the second battle of Ypres, Germans capture Zonnebeke, Westhoek and Zevenkote.

The Australian Infantry fails in raids at Gaba Tepe.

Bugler E Sillence (Royal Marines) is awarded the CGM as he behaves with distinguished gallantry during operations south of Achi, in volunteering to throw back enemy bombs into enemy lines at great personal risk, thereby saving the lives of many of his comrades.

Nigerians led by Lieutenant Colonel Haywood capture Wum Biagas. This and the previous day prove costly as there are heavy losses among the British officers and African ranks.  The Nigerians push on to attack a strong German position on the left bank of the Mbila River and succeed after an eighteen hour battle in shaking the Germans out of their entrenchments.

            Today’s losses include:

  • A member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
  • A battalion commander
  • A grandson of the 7th Baron Polwarth
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
  • A family that will lose three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple members of the clergy that will lose a son today

 Today’s highlighted casualties are

  •  Lieutenant Colonel George Frederick Braund (Australian Imperial Forces) is killed at Braund’s Hill at age 48. He is a member for Armidale of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. After midnight he is asked to send part of his unit to reinforce the 3rd Battalion in the line. After dispatching ‘C’ Company he sets out for brigade headquarters and instead of using the normal track he takes a short cut through the scrub. Slightly deaf, Braund fails to hear a challenge from a sentry, who shoots him dead. He will be mentioned in dispatches posthumously. Braund is the first Australian legislator to enlist for service in the Great War and the second to die in battle. He played rugby for New South Wales against England in 1888.
  • Captain and Adjutant Frederick Harold Lewis Morgan (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 29 on Gallipoli. His two brothers will be killed in the War, the first also on Gallipoli in August and the second in May 1917.
  • Captain Gerald Arthur Morton (Welsh Regiment) is killed at age 38. His brother will die of wounds after the Armistice in February 1919.
  • Captain Robert James Bannatyne Heard (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies of wounds in Alexandria at age 26. He ist he son of Prebendary Henry J Heard Rector of Caterham.
  • Second Lieutenant Frank Evered Stantial (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of the Reverend A Stantial.
  • Second Lieutenant Wilfred Trevelyan (Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds at age 21. He is the son of the late ‘Sir’ Ernest John Trevelyan and his brother will die on service in March 1919.
  • Sergeant William Warrener Abbott (New Zealand Engineers) is killed in action at Gallipoli at age 33. He is the son of the late Reverend George Abbott.
  • Petty Officer Rome Birnie (Collingwood Battalion Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 25. His brother was killed last month.
  • Corporal Maurice Cameron Fergusson (Australian Infantry) is killed on Gallipoli at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend John James Foote Lumsden Fergusson.
  • Lance Corporal Alfred Ballard (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed two months after his brother met the same fate.
  • Rifleman Cecil William Gurney (Rifle Brigade) will be killed in action at age 24. His brother will be killed in October next year.
  • Sapper Francis William Hepburne-Scott (Canadian Engineers) dies on service at age 29. He is the grandson of the 7th Baron Polwarth and his cousin will be killed in less than two weeks.
  • Private Robert William Hopton (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed on Gallipoli at age 21. His brother will be killed in July 1916.