Sunday 30 May 1915 – We lost 297
Germans attack at Hooge. While in command of Hooge Fort and adjoining trenches Major Philip Granville Mason (Dragoon Guards) will show conspicuous gallantry and ability in holding the village and the defense line allotted to him for the next four days notwithstanding a terrific bombardment for several hours every day until 2nd June. During this time practically all his trenches and dug-outs will be blow in. For his actions Major Mason will be awarded the Distinguished Service Order. He will be killed in action on 26th September of this year.
British forces are repulsed at Quinn’s Post, Gallipoli.
There is severe fighting in Cameroon.
British forces take Sphinxhaven, on Lake Nyassa, German East Africa.
Today’s losses include:
- The heavyweight boxing champion of Egypt
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Sergeant Henry Wilson Smith (Wellington Mounted Rifles) is killed at age 29. He won the heavyweight boxing championship of Egypt while awaiting the Gallipoli landing.
- Lance Corporal Jack Scales is killed. His brother will die of disease in England in December of this year.
- Private William Green (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed in action on Gallipoli. His brother will die in December 1918.
- Private Cecil William Hardy (Dorsetshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 25. His brother will be killed in September of this year.
- Trooper Lionel Hughes (Wellington Mounted Rifles) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of the late Reverend William Henry Hughes Vicar of St Hilary.
- Private Richard Pugh (Welsh Regiment) dies of wounds at age 37. His brother will die of wounds in June 1917.
- Private Herman Hill Jones (Australian Infantry) is killed on Gallipoli. He is the son of the Reverend E L Jones Rector of Llansantfraid.
- Bugler William Charles Ridgway (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in March 1917.