Friday 11 June 1915 – We Lost 228
During a Grand Fleet exercise seaplanes from HMS Campania are the first aircraft to scout for a fleet at sea.
Today’s losses include:
- A member of the Helensville Footballand Athletic Club
- The son of a General
- A family that will lose two sons in the Great War
- A family that will lose three sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualty is:
- Captain George Hutton Bowes-Wilson (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed by a sniper at age 38. His brother will be killed in June 1917.
- Lieutenant Harold Charles Des Voeux (Indian Army Unattached List attached Royal Munster Fusiliers) is killed in action on Gallipoli at age 19. He is the son of Lieutenant General ‘Sir’ Charles Des Voeux.
- Trooper William Archibald Corleison (Auckland Mounted Rifles) is killed at age 21. He was a member of Helensville Football and Athletic Club and played for Parnell when they won the junior championship 1908.
- Private Frederick Williams (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed. He is the first of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War, the other two dying in Mesopotamia