Monday 24 May 1915 – We Lost 1,275
A four and a half mile wide German gas attack in the Ypres salient against three British Divisions is unsuccessful in leading to a German breakthrough.
A truce is agreed on between the British and Turks on the Gallipoli peninsula for the two armies to bury their dead. The truce was observed scrupulously.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- The “Master of the Beagles” at Eton
- A son of Lord Grenfell
- Multiple sons of Baronets
- The son of the Member of Parliament for West Somerset
- A Rhodes Scholar
- A grandson of the Astronomer Royal at Cape Town Observatory
- A grandson of the sculptor of the frieze at the Albert Memorial
- A battalion commander
- The son of a General
- A First Class cricket player
- A Rosslyn Park rugby footballer
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
- Multiple families that will lose three sons
- Multiple sets of brothers (two and three brothers) who are killed together today
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A grandson of a member of the clergy
- Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
- A man whose brother was killed in the South African War
- A man whose father will die on service in the Great War
- A man whose brother will be killed in the Second World War
- A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
Captain Francis Octavius Grenfell VC (Lancers) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 24. He has been awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on 24th August 1914 at Andregnies, Belgium. He was the “Master of the Beagles” at Eton in 1898. His twin brother has been killed in action in September 1914. The brothers are the youngest sons of Lord Grenfell and were born at Hatchlands, near Guildford, on 5th September 1880. When he was fourteen he followed family tradition by going to Eton. A keen sportsman, in 1899 he scored eighty runs at Lords in a cricket match against Harrow. Later that year he joined the British Army. After serving with the Seaforth Highlanders in Egypt he was commissioned in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps and in 1901 went to South Africa where he fought in the South African War. His last words were “I die happy. Tell the men I love my squadron”.
- Lieutenant Colonel Redmond George Sylverius Moriarty (commanding 2nd Royal Irish Regiment) is also killed.
- Major John Gwynne Griffith (Lancers, Indian Army Brigade Major 9th Cavalry Brigade) is killed at age 40. He is a South African War veteran and his brother will be killed in April 1917 serving in the same Regiment in Mesopotamia.
- Major Francis Stuart Wilson (Royal Marines Headquarters) is killed on Gallipoli at age 32. He played first class cricket for Jamaica in 1904-5.
- Captain Collingwood Lindsay Wood (Hussars) is killed in action. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Lindsay Wood, the 1st
- Captain James Randolph Innes Hopkins (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed at age 38. He is the son of ‘Sir’ William Randolph Innes Hopkins.
- Captain William Benjamin Crane Cawood (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service at Mhow, India at age 46. He is the son of the Reverend John Cawood Vicar of Hamble.
- Captain John Harold-Barry (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 31. He is the son of John Harold-Barry JP DL who lost another son at Krugersdorp South African in February 1896.
- Captain Basil Maclear (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 34. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Thomas MacLear the Astronomer Royal at Cape Town Observatory and an Irish International Rugby player who won eleven caps. One brother was killed in the first month of the war in Africa while a second will die of wounds next year.
- Captain James Hugh Christie (Royal Irish Regiment) is killed at age 35. He fought in the South African War where he was recommended for the Victoria Cross and he is the only son of the late Hugh Christie JP. Captain Christie originally joined the Militia Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry and with them went out to the South African War. He then received a commission in the Lancashire Fusiliers and was present at the Battle of Laing’s Nek. He received the Queen’s Medal and four clasps, and the King’s Medal and two clasps. He was mentioned in Despatches and recommended for the Victoria Cross by his Colonel, who was killed before the recommendation could be sent in. He was promoted Captain in 1907 and transferred to the South Lancashire Regiment in 1908 retiring in 1909. He then went out to Vancouver but returned in 1914, to take a commission in the Royal Irish Regiment and went out to France in February 1915. He was present at Hill 60 and through the 2nd Battle of Ypres.
- Lieutenant Francis James Gunter (Hussars) is killed in action at age 21. He is the son of the late Major General James Gunter.
- Lieutenant William Torquill Macleod Bolitho (Hussars) is killed at age 22. His father will die on service in February 1919.
- Lieutenant Daniel Pike Stephenson (North Staffordshire Regiment attached Cheshire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action on 4th May at age 25. He was the 1911 Jamaican Rhodes scholar.
- Lieutenant Hastings Fortescue Boles (Lancers attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 19. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Dennis Fortescue Boles MP for West Somerset the 1st His younger brother will be killed as the 2nd Baronet on 9th April 1945 while serving as a Captain in the Royal Armoured Corps.
- Lieutenant Geoffrey Windeatt Daman (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed by a sniper at age 21. He is the grandson of the Reverend Robert Dell.
- Lieutenant Frederick Alfred Trenchard (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 27. He is a Rosslyn Park rugby footballer.
- Second Lieutenant Christopher Daniel Considine (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in October 1916 and they are sons of ‘Sir’ Hefferman Considine CB MVO DL.
- Second Lieutenant John Harrison Sellers (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed at age 17. He is the grandson of the sculptor of the frieze at the Albert Memorial.
- Second Lieutenant Basil Oliver Moon (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Ernest Moon KCB.
- Second Lieutenant Leonard John Harrison (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the late Reverend Albert Richard Harrison Vicar of Tettenhall.
- Second Lieutenant Rycharde Mead Haythornthwaite (East Kent Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend John Parker Haythornthwaite Vicar of King’s Langley.
- Second Lieutenant Rupert George Boosey (Dragoon Guards) is killed in action at age 20. His older brother will be killed in November of this year.
- Company Quartermaster Sergeant Charles Thomas Abbott (Irish Regiment) is killed at age 34. His son will lose his life in the Second World War.
- Lance Corporal James Arthur Davis (Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 32. His brother was killed when HMS Monmouth sank.
- Brothers and Privates in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders George and John Nugent are killed in action together at Neuve Chapelle. George dies at age 27.
- Also killed today are three brothers serving as Privates in the Royal Fusiliers. Arthur Ernest, 21, Frank Albert, 18, and Frederick George Racheil, 24 all are commemorated on the Menin Gate.
- Lance Corporal Harry Allnut Willans (Royal Fusiliers) is killed. His brother will be killed in August 1916.
- Trooper Charles Ellis (Yorkshire Hussars) is killed in action at age 29. His brother will die of wounds in November 1918.
- Private Frederick Mills (Hussars) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in July 1917.
- Private John MacLeod (Seaforth Highlanders) is killed at age 31. His brother will be killed in July 1917.
- Private Robert Elliott Allen (Lancers) is killed at age 28. He is the son of Thomas Allen JP.
- Private James Henry Harris (Welsh Regiment) dies of wounds at age 31 at Boulogne. His brother will die of wounds in September 1917.
- Brothers and Private John (22) and Patrick (32) (Dublin Fusiliers) are killed together less than one month after their older brother was killed serving in the same regiment.