Wednesday 9 June 1915 – We Lost 218
The cruiser HMS Dublin is torpedoed by the Austrian submarine U4, despite the fact that she is steaming at high speed with a strong destroyer escort. Dublin is able to get back to Brindisi, even working up to seventeen knots, but will be out of action for some time.
Brigadier General Cunliffe’s Anglo-French force entrenches within 5,000 yards of the outer works of the Garua fort. He begins to sap under cover of darkness and establishes a line of trenches 400 yards wide within 1,000 yards of the fort. Water is the biggest problem of the forward troops, as it has to be carried to them in pots for more than two miles. During the night the Germans make two sorties. The first is halted by the accurate fire of the Nigerians while the second proves a disaster for the Germans as many of their troops bolt, throwing down their weapons and plunging into the flooded Benue River. Only about fifty strong swimmers escape. The British pull seventy bodies from the water.
Canada announces its intention to raise a further 35,000 men.
Today’s losses include:
- Two sons and a brother of Admirals in the Royal Navy die today while serving in the Army
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualty is:
- Major Charles George Massie Blomfield (Royal Warwickshire Regiment) is killed when he is shot by a sniper at age 36. He is the son of Rear Admiral ‘Sir’ Richard Massie Blomfield.
- Captain Richard George Beatty (Skinner’s Horse, Indian Army) dies on service in India at age 34. He is the younger brother of Admiral of the Fleet Earl Beatty. His youngest son is buried at the foot of his father’s grave.
- Lieutenant Norman Galbraith Silk (South Wales Borderers) is killed in action on Gallipoli at age 20. He is the son of Paymaster Rear Admiral Ernest.
- Private Albert Martin (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 24. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
- Private Luther Lionel Langford (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 22. His brother died of wounds at home last September.