Monday 7 June 1915 – We Lost 312
The King takes the extraordinary step of sending a personal telegram to Reginald A J Warneford (one day after his action versus a Zeppelin in Belgium) conferring upon him the Victoria Cross.
The Dardanelles Committee assembles to review two proposals, both committed to holding the position on the Gallipoli peninsula. Kitchener wants Hamilton to progress slowly, Churchill suggests a major reinforcement. Kitchener accepts the later and Hamilton is informed that three ‘New Army’ divisions will be put at his disposal.
While flying a reconnaissance over the area of Staden Captain Amyas Eden Borton (Black Watch and Royal Flying Corps) is wounded in the head and neck by a bullet fired from an enemy airplane and although suffering severely from loss of blood he continues, with the assistance of his observer, Captain Anthony Marshall (Light Cavalry, Indian Army, Royal Flying Corps) to bandage his wounds and completes the reconnaissance on the prescribed course. Captain Marshall continues the observations after rendering all possible aid his pilot who is gradually losing consciousness all the time the German airplane continues its attack.
Today’s losses include:
- An Olympic Bronze Medal winner
- A brother of the 1st Marquess of Sligo
- Son of the 2nd and father of the 3rd Viscount Bridport
- Great grandson of a Member of Parliament
- The son of a General
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- A man whose son will be killed later in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A first class cricketer
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Captain Oswald Armitage Carver (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds at age 28 on Gallipoli. He is a holder of the Olympic Bronze medal as a member of the 1908 eight-oared with coxswain rowing team. His widow will marry the future Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery. His younger brother will be killed in action next year.
- Captain Christopher William Broderick Birdwood (Gurkha Rifles) dies of wounds at Gallipoli received on the 4th. He is the son of General William Spiller Birdwood.
- Lieutenant “The Honorable” Maurice Henry Nelson Hood (Hood Division) is killed in action at Gallipoli at age 34. He is the only son of the late 2ndF Viscount Bridport and his son will become the 3rd
- Second Lieutenant Albert Edward Stringer (Manchester Regiment) is killed at age 27 on Gallipoli. He is the son of Edward Stringer JP.
- Second Lieutenant Claude Lysaght Mackay (Worcestershire Regiment attached Manchester Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. He is a cricketer who made one first class appearance for Gloucestershire.
- Sub Lieutenant William Denis Browne (Hood Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) known as the musician, is killed in action at Gallipoli. He was a friend of Rupert Brooke from their days at Rugby and Cambridge. A grandfather had been Dean of Emly (the cathedral was demolished in 1877), and a great-grandfather was a Member of Parliament for Mayo and younger brother of the 1st Marquess of Sligo.
- Corporal Robert Handley (Manchester Regiment) is killed on Gallipoli. His son will be killed serving in the same regiment in May 1917.
- Private Hugh Latimer Tuke (Auckland Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Laurence Tuke Archdeacon of Tauranga New Zealand and he represented the Hawke’s Bay Province at cricket and football.