Saturday 29 May 1915 – We Lost 349
On Gallipoli the 1st/5th Royal Scots come under heavy shellfire while they are digging mule track forward from Clapham Junction.
Anglo/French forces take Njok, Cameroon.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of the 10th Earl of Westmeath
- The grandson of a Waterloo veteran
- An Australian Rugby International
- A 1908 Olympic competitor
- The son of the former Amateur Champion of England in the hammer throw
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Major Thomas Warner Savatard (Manchester Regiment) is killed on Gallipoli at age 36. He is the son of the Reverend Louis Savatard Vicar of Holy Trinity Darwen.
- Captain ‘The Honorable’ William Andrew Nugent (Hussars) dies at home. He is the son of the 10th Earl of Westmeath.
- Captain Reginald Victor Rylands (Manchester Regiment) is killed on Gallipoli at age 23. His brother will be killed in November 1916.
- Lieutenant Henry Alan Leeke (Warwickshire Regiment) dies of fever at home at age 35. At the 1908 Olympics he participated in the shot put, the discus throw, the Greek discus throw, the freestyle javelin throw, the javelin throw and the hammer throw competitions. He is the son of one time Amateur Champion of England in the hammer throw athlete Henry Leeke and grandson of William Leeke a veteran of Waterloo famous for carrying the Colours of the 52nd Light Infantry during the battle.
- Trooper Cecil Gordon Gray-Buchanan (Australian Light Horse) killed in action on Gallipoli at age 29. His brother was killed in March of this year.
- Private Thomas Bryan (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action on Gallipoli. His brother will be killed one day short of three years from today.
- Private Frederick Herbert Thompson (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 25. He earned six caps as an Australian National Rugby Union player.