Saturday 19 June 1915 – We Lost 397
At Gallipoli the 1/5th Royal Scots suffer severe casualties among “Y” company when they counter attack at 16:00 and regain their position. Total casualties are twenty killed and forty wounded. The 1/4th Royal Scots then relieve the 1/5th battalion in the front line.
Lieutenant Frederick William Campbell (Western Ontario Regiment) dies of wounds at Boulogne received in action four days prior at Givenchy when he took two machine gun detachments forward in the face of heavy fire. He kept his gun in action after nearly all his detachment had been killed or wounded and when a German counter attack came he advanced his gun still further and by firing about 1,000 rounds succeeded in hold the enemy back. As he was retreating, his right thigh bone was shattered. The wound turns septic, and Campbell dies in hospital in Boulogne today. For his actions he will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.
Today’s losses include:
- The great great uncle of the future Duchess of Cambridge
- A man whose two brothers will be killed later in the Great War
- A man who is the son of a member of the clergy
- Multiple men whose brothers will also be killed in the Great War
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Captain Maurice Lupton (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed when shot by a sniper at age 27. His two brothers will be killed over the next two years. Their great great niece will become the Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
- Captain Beverly Ussher (Leinster Regiment) is killed at age 35. He is the son of the Reverend Richard Ussher Vicar of Westbury Bucks and his brother was killed last December.
- Lieutenant William Watkins Morgan (Hawke Battatlion Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed on Gallipoli at age 29. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Charles Langbridge Morgan CBE.
- Lieutenant Charles Douglas Willoughby Rooke (Cameronians) is killed at age 20. He is the son of George Douglas Willoughby Rooke JP.
- Private William Scott (Cheshire Regiment) dies at home at age 23. His brother will be killed in August.
- Private Robert Patrick Gordon (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action during an assault on German lines in a wood near Hooge at age 19. His younger brother was killed fifteen days previously.