Sunday 23 May 1915 – We Lost 372
In the battle of Festubert a German attack is repulsed.
Submarine E11 sinks a gunboat in the Sea of Marmora.
At 9:30 a single German float plane drops several bombs near ships in the Goodwins area.
The 1st/4th Royal Scots embark on the Empress of Britain bound for Alexandria, Egypt and then Gallipoli. The battalion’s strength is placed at thirty officers and nine hundred forty one other ranks, one man having deserted from quay. The remainder of the 1st/7th Royal Scots (“B” and “C” Companies) arrive in their train at Liverpool and embark on the Empress of Britain, sailing that evening bound ultimately for Gallipoli.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of the Chief Constable of Pembrokeshire
- A Scottish Rugby International
- Multiple sons of clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A family that will lose three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Captain Hugh Ince Webb-Bowen (Welsh Fusiliers attached Headquarters Staff) dies of wounds on Gallipoli at age 37. He is the son of Thomas Ince Webb-Bowen Chief Constable of Pembrokeshire.
- Lieutenant Robert Richards (New Zealand Field Artillery) dies of wounds at Deaconess Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt at age 28. His brother was killed in action twenty days ago. They are sons of the Bishop of Dunedin.
- Lieutenant Nigel Benjamin Bavin (Essex Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed on HMS Mary Rose in October 1917.
- Lieutenant Robert Andrew Ferguson King (Royal Dublin Fusiliers) dies of wounds received in action at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Richard George Salmon King Dean of Derry.
- Second Lieutenant Charles Edward Holden Loxton (North Staffordshire Regiment) dies of wounds in an ambulance on his way to a field hospital after being wounded while repairing some wiring in front of his trench at age 22. He is the grandson of ‘Sir’ Edward Thomas Holden, of Glenelg, Great Barr Staffordshire. Lieutenant Loxton was at Oxford when the War broke out, and immediately volunteered for active service and was gazetted Second Lieutenant in the North Staffordshire Regiment in August 1914. After training at Luton and Saffron Waldron he left with his Battalion for France in March 1915.
- Sergeant Alfred George Glass (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 20. His brother will be killed next month.
- Private Charles Morgan (South Wales Borderers) dies of wounds in Alexandria received in action at Gallipoli at age 23. His brother Joseph will be killed in action in ten weeks on Gallipoli.
- Private John Kelly (Leinster Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 20. He is the first of three brothers who will fall in the Great War serving in the Leinster Regiment.
- Private George Stone (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at home. His brother will be killed in action in August 1918.
- Private Arthur Kennish Brown (Western Ontario Regiment) is killed in action. He is the son the Reverend William Cowell Brown.
- Private James Pearson (Royal Scots) is killed by a sniper at age 35. He is a Scottish rugby union player for Watsonians who capped for Scotland twelve times from 1909 to 1913.