Saturday 5 June 1915 – We Lost 488
Fighting continues north of Arras.
On Gallipoli the third Battle of Krithia continues.
The German submarine U-14 is damaged by gunfire off Peterhead and then is rammed and sunk by the armed trawler Hawke under the command of Lieutenant Herbert James Ferguson RNR.
Today’s losses include:
- A keen shooter, yachtsman, cyclist, bandsman and hockey player
- A Rugby football player
- A football player
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A nephew of Mr. Bonar Law
- The great grandson of the 11th Baron Petre
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Captain Edmund George William Oldfield (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 33 and a veteran of the South Africa War. He is the son of the late Reverend Edmund Oldfield, Rector of St Elizabeth’s, Reddish and later Yia-Spratton.
- Second Lieutenant Humphrey Kaye Bonney Nevinson (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas Kaye Bonney Nevinson.
- Sub Lieutenant John Pitcairn Robley (Nelson Royal Naval Division) is killed as he is firing from a trench at the flashes of Turkish rifles. He stands upright to allow some troops to pass him in the trench and is shot through the head by a sniper. He is the nephew of Mr. Bonar Law, Secretary of State for the Colonies.
- Sub Lieutenant Thomas Henry Wilfred Sharples (Royal Navy) dies at home at age 21. He is the son of the Reverend H M Sharples.
- Sergeant Charles Murray Storrer (Australian Light Horse) is killed at age 20. His brother will be killed in December 1917.
- Corporal Robert John Petre (Canterbury Regiment) is killed at age 21. He is the great grandson of the 11th Baron Petre.
- Lance Corporal Sidney McMillan (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the first of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private John Chapman Hodgkinson (East Lancashire Regiment) is killed. He played football for Stokport Country, Grimsby and Nelson.
- Private John Albert Harp (Auckland Infantry) is killed at age 34. He was a keen shooter, yachtsman, bandsman, cyclist, footballer and hockey player.
- Private William Thomas Dundon (Canterbury Infantry) is killed at age 34. He is an enthusiastic rugby football player who represented Victoria College Wellington for several seasons.
- Private Robert Pitcairn (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) killed at age 32. His brother will be killed in April 1917.