Saturday 12 June 1915 – We Lost 209
Great Britain informs Germany through the United States Ambassador that submarine prisoners are now being treated as ordinary prisoners. It is announced that the German submarine prisoners have been released from naval custody and that it is now expected that the thirty nine British officers who have been the subject of reprisals shall be returned to ordinary detention camps.
Lance Corporal William Angus (Highland Light Infantry) is awarded the Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Givenchy in voluntarily leaving his trench under very heavy bomb and rifle fire and rescuing a wounded officer who is lying within a few yards of the enemy’s position. Lance Corporal Angus has no chance whatever in escaping the enemy’s fire when undertaking this very gallant action and in effecting the rescue he sustains about forty wounds from bombs, some of them being serious.
The 1st/4th Royal Scots sail in the Carron and Reindeer bound for Gallipoli. The Reindeer collides with the Immingham, which is sunk, and is forced to return to Mudros badly damaged. The men transfer to a French ship, the Moulooya, and later to the Empress of Britain. An enemy airplane drops a bomb near the ship during the transfer.
Today’s losses include:
- A polo player for the Tipapa team
- A man whose brother will be killed next year in the Great War
- A man “Shot at Dawn”
Today’s highlighted casualty is:
- Sergeant Charles Frederick Dilworth Fox (Canterbury Mounted Rifles) is killed. He is a polo player for the well known Tipapa team.
- Trooper Neil Kenneth McLeod (Auckland Mounted Rifles) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in August 1916.
- Private Herbert H Chase (Lancashire Fusiliers) is shot at dawn at age 21 for cowardice during a gas attack. On 23rd May 1915, his battalion was manning a support trench near Shell Trap Farm when Chase complained to the men in his section that he felt ill. At 02:45 the next morning the Germans launched a gas attack, following which Chase could not be found. A short while later the private was discovered a few miles behind the lines lying by the side of the road in a dazed and exhausted condition. He was taken to a nearby dressing station where a doctor declared him free from the effects of gas poisoning. When these facts were reported a court martial was convened and he was found guilty. His execution took place at the St Sixtus Monastery, Proven where today visitors on guided tours of the Monastery are shown the place of execution and the bullet marks in the wall.