Wednesday 5 May 1915 – We Lost 793
Germans gain a foothold on Hill 60 using poison gas against the 2nd Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, in the second battle of Ypres.
Second Lieutenant Henry Grove Morton Mansel-Pleydell (Dorsetshire Regiment) shows gallantry and ability on Hill 60. Although wounded early in the attack he commands his platoon in the trenches (which had been vacated by the unit holding them in the morning) with great skill and coolness and later takes charge of the whole of his company after his Captain has been wounded. Lieutenant Mansel-Pleydell will be killed in May 1916. His brother was killed less than two months previously.
Lieutenant H E Watkins and a mechanic/observer are shot down during a recon of SMS Konigsberg and land in a nasty sea at the Simba Uranga mouth. Flight Lieutenant John Tullock Cull comes to their rescue. He snatches them from their sinking aircraft and then, as he cannot take off with the extra weight, taxies to one of the British whalers serving in the blockade fleet.
The South African Irish enter Karibib, SW Africa without opposition.
The German submarine U-20 stops the sailing vessel Earl of Latham and the five man crew assembles on deck as the submarine’s inflatable boat rows across. The crew of the Earl of Latham lower their boats and pull for the shore as they are only eight miles south by west from the Old Head of Kinsale. After fifty pounds of bacon is carried on board the submarine, the Germans lob grenades into the hatches of the sailing vessel. Then they open up with the deck gun, blasting three holes below the waterline sending the Earl of Latham to the bottom.
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Today’s losses include:
- Two battalion commanders
- A welfare reformer
- The Captain of the 1914 England Rugby Football XV
- A member of the clergy
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple sons of Generals
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Lieutenant Colonel Francis George Jones (commanding 1st Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed on Gallipoli at age 51. He is the son of the Reverend Edward George Jones and had served in Tirah 1897-8 and the South African War.
- Lieutenant Colonel Arthur De Courcy Scott (commanding 1st Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 49. He is the son of the late Major General A de Courcy Scott.
- Captain George Townshend Brooke (Royal Engineers) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of Lady Wilhelmina who will lose a second son in April 1918.
- Captain John Goold Adams (Leinster Regiment) is killed on Hill 60. He is the son of the Archdeacon of Derry.
- Lieutenant Richard Fayreer Arnold Edgell (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed at age 19. He is the Rector of Beckley.
- Welfare reformer Lieutenant Ronald William Poulton-Palmer (Berkshire Regiment) dies of sniper gunshot wounds in the right side below the armpit wounds at home at age 25. He is the son of Professor Poulton and had been Captain of the England Rugby football XV in 1914.
- Lieutenant Cortlandt Richard MacGregore (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed in February.
- Lieutenant Hugh Wharton Myddleton Parr (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend Robert Henning Parr, 1st Vicar of St Martin’s, Scarborough.
- Second Lieutenant Kenneth John Hinde (Australian Infantry) is killed in action on Gallipoli at age 23. He is the son of the late Major General George Hinde.
- Able Seaman Thomas Houghton (Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 21. His brother will drown on HMS Hampshire next year.
- Private August Harwood (Auckland Infantry) is killed by shrapnel while removing wounded men from the firing line. He will be recommended for the Victoria Cross but it was not awarded.
- Private Oswald Rees Keene (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) dies of gassing at age 24 at Hill 60 Ypres. He is the son the Reverend Rees Keene the Rector of Gosforth. He held a commission before the war but resigned due to ill health.
- Private Reginald Harry Wright (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in February 1916.
- Private Joseph George Hughes (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 33. His brother will be killed in May 1917.
- Bandsman Albert Adland (Manchester Regiment) is killed. His brother was killed last December.
- Captain George Upton Robins (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 36. He wrote the follow poem.
…War is good when the stress is past
And the rankling scars grow old,
For its rigours fade and its glamours last
Till the Sombre grey turns gold;
And the hunger and thirst and the bitter days
No more in thoughts find place,
But we mind that we trod life’s roughest ways,
And met death face to face;
And the soul’s astir and the brain’s afire
For the good fight fought before,
But the heart knows well there is something higher
Than the clamorous ways of way.
Faint on the ear grows the bugle call,
And we turn once more to the Best of All…