Monday 10 May 1915 – We Lost 838
At a conference consisting of Generals Haking, Gough, Wilcocks and Haig, it is made clear that not enough artillery ammunition exists to start a second days offensive at Aubers Ridge.
At 02:50 Zeppelin LZ38 attacks Southend, then crosses the Thames estuary and returns for a second run.
Submarine E14 sinks a Turkish transport in the Sea of Marmora.
Anti German demonstrations in London and Liverpool are very active in protest of the sinking of the Lusitania.
The Anglo-French-Italian Naval Convention consisting of seven articles and a codicil of eight points providing specific details of its execution is signed. Signing for the British is Admiral ‘Sir’ Douglas Gamble. The most important features include (Article II) the establishment under the command of the Commander in Chief of the Italian Fleet of a First Allied Fleet, which will include four British light cruisers and a division of four British battleships.
Today’s losses include:
- Two Rhodes scholars
- A battalion commander
- The son of a former Member of Parliament
- The son of a Baronet
- The son of a General
- An Australian Rules footballer
- An Australian Rugby International
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- Multiple families that will lose three sons in the Great War
- Two brothers killed together
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- In a twist of fate two Rhodes Scholars are killed today. Lieutenant Alfred Nelson King (Royal Field Artillery) a 1912 Rhodes Scholar from Canada is killed in action. Also killed today is Sergeant Alan Wallace (New Zealand Engineers) a Rhodes Scholar dies of wounds on Gallipoli at age 24. In another irony his brother will be killed in July 1916 on the same day Athold Hudson another New Zealand Rhodes scholar is killed.
- Lieutenant Colonel James Clark CB (commanding 9th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 56.
- Major Arthur Brabazon Stone (Cheshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 49. He is the son of General J H Stone (Royal Artillery).
- Captain Marmaduke John Norman Abbay (Punjabis attached Sikhs) dies of wounds received at Ypres 25 April at age 29. He is the son of the late Reverend Canon Richard Abbay Rector of Earl Soham.
- Lieutenant Arthur Gurr Hinman (Australian Infantry) an Australian Rules Footballer is killed at age 24. He scored 1 goal in 24 games in 1910 & 1911.
- Lieutenant Francis Dennison Maurice (Canterbury Regiment) dies of wounds aboard HMHS Braemar Castle off Gallipoli at age 23. He was a master at the Waimate District High School and an enthusiastic hockey player and member of the executive of the South Canterbury Hockey Association.
- Lieutenant Joel Harrison Seaverns (London Regiment) dies of wounds received yesterday at age 23. He is the only child of Joel Herbert Seaverns formerly MP for the Brixton Division of Lambeth.
- Lieutenant Denys Corbett-Wilson (Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 32 with his observer I Newton Woodiwiss when shot down by Anti Aircraft fire over Fournes. He is notable for his 100-minute flight on April 22, 1912, from Goodwick in Pembrokeshire to Enniscorthy – the first flight from the island of Great Britain to the island of Ireland. The journey time was 1 hour 40 minutes.
- Lieutenant Lawreance Aubrey Fiennes Wingfield Dickenson (Bedfordshire Regiment attached Irish Rifles) dies of wounds. He is the son of the Reverend Francis Wingfield Dickenson Rector of Inworth.
- Lieutenant John Edward Hyland (Royal Marine Light Infantry) is killed on Gallipoli at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend John Black Hyland Rector of Combe Florey.
- Lieutenant William Herbert Watney (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 35. He is the son-in-law of ‘Sir’ William Cameron Cull 2nd
- Lieutenant Thomas Martin Garrod (North Lancashire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the first of three sons of ‘Sir’ Archibald E Garrod KCMG Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Second Lieutenant James Neville Herbert Murphy (Royal Dublin Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of the late Reverend W A E Murphy.
- Second Lieutenant Henry Charles McLean Farmer (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend James Edmund Gamul Farmer Rector of Waddesden.
- CSM Andrew Johnstone (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed in action in Ypres at age 31. His son will be killed in action in March 1945 serving with Bomber Command.
- Sergeant John Hampson (Middlesex Regiment) is killed in action at age 39. His brother will die on active service in December 1918.
- Lance Corporal John Townsend (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 26. His brother will die of illness in October 1918.
- Brothers Alax age 19 and Harry age 18 Hughes (Gloucestershire Regiment) are killed at Ypres together.
- Private John G Davidson (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 18. His brother will be killed in September 1917.
- Private Harold Wesley George (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds when he is shot by a sniper at Pope’s Post at age 29. He played Rugby in Australia making test caps for Australia between 1910 and 1914 including Australia’s first win over the All Black’s in 1910. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Private Ernest Parker (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed. His step-brothers will be killed in 1917 and 1918.
- Private William T Brewis (South Wales Borderers) is killed at age 23. His brother was killed last March.
- Private William Ernest Holbrow (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 17. His brother will be killed at the battle of Jutland.
- Private William Harold Saxton (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 36. He is the first of three brothers who will be killed in the war.