Saturday 15 May 1915 – We Lost 537
A British attack at Festubert, meets with initial success.
General William Throsby Bridges, commanding the 1st Australian Division is wounded by a sniper in Monash Gully on Gallipoli. He will die of those wounds in a few days.
Today’s losses include:
- A member of a family that will lose five sons in service of King & Queen and Country including one in the South African War, three in the Great War and one in World War 2
- A family that will four sons in the Great War
- Multiple families that will lose three sons in the Great War
- Multiple men who will have their brothers-in-law will be lost
- A man whose father and a brother were lost in the South African War
- A battalion commander
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- A son of the 11th Earl of Galloway
- A son of the 1st Baron Stamfordham
- The son of the Private Secretary to both Queen Victoria and King George V
- The father of the future Chairman of British Railways
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Charles Shakerley DSO (commanding 1st King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed in action at age 46. He is the eldest of three sons of Geoffrey Joseph to be killed in the Great War.
- Captain the Honorable John Neville Bigge (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) the son of the 1st Baron Stamfordham, the Private Secretary to both Queen Victoria and King George V. He is 27-years of age and his brother-in-law was killed last November.
- Captain Guy Bonham-Carter (Hussars attached Oxfordshire Hussars) is killed at age 30. His best friend and brother in law will be accidentally killed in October and his son who is born this year will become the Chairman of British Railways.
- Lieutenant Alfred Douglas Wingate (Indian Army Unattached List attached Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 20. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Andrew KCIE and was on the winning Revolver Team, Sandhurst V and won the Silver Cup in the open Revolver Competition.
- Lieutenant the Honorable Keith Anthony Stewart (Black Watch) a son of the 11th Earl of Galloway is killed in action at Festubert at age 20.
- Second Lieutenant William Gemmell Alexander (The King’s Liverpool Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. He is the son of W H Alexander JP.
- Second Lieutenant Laughton Hassard Alison (Royal Berkshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. He represented Cambridge in the Inter-University Golf Competition. On the outbreak of the War Lieutenant Alison enlisted in the Royal Berkshire Regiment, was at once made Lance-Corporal, and shortly afterwards given a Commission. He went to the Front in April 1915.
- Sergeant Herbert McKay (Cheshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 25. He is the first of three brothers who will be killed in the next two years. His father and another brother died of typhoid fever in the South African War and a fifth brother will be killed fighting the Japanese in 1942.
- Private George Griffin (Scots Guards) is killed in action. His two brothers will be killed in 1917, the first in May the second in July.
- Private Thomas Conlon (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed. He is one of four brothers who will be killed in the war.
- Private John Cheyne (Cameron Highlanders) is killed at age 24. He is the firsts of three brothers who will be killed in the War.
- Rifleman Samuel Mead (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is killed at age 23. He is one of three sons of Joseph William and Phoebe Ann Mead to lose their lives in the Great War.