Saturday 5 June 1915 – We Lost 488

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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.