Sunday 20 June 1915 – We Lost 267
General Botha’s troops enter Omaruru, SW Africa from which the German government has recently beaten a hasty retreat.
HMS Roxburgh is damaged by a torpedo.
Today’s losses include:
- Two players for the Rosslyn Park Football Club
- An Olympic silver medalist
- A hockey player
- Multiple men who will have a brother also killed in the Great War
- Multiple men who are the sons of members of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Second Lieutenant Wakefield Walde Meade (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend Wakefield Suft Meade Rector of Loddington.
- Second Lieutenant George Keith Savile (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in August 1916.
- Sub Lieutenant Alan Chadwick Iliffe (Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve) is killed in action on Gallipoli at age 30. He played hockey for Hertfordshire and Lancashire.
- Second Lieutenant George Eric Fairbairn (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at Bailleul at age 26. He is a silver Olympic medalist as the bowman in the coxless pairs in 1908. He also played rugby for Rosslyn Park F C and the nephew of celebrated rower Steve Fairbairn.
- Another Rosslyn Park footballer died today when Lieutenant Eustace Fernando Llarena (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 23.
- Lance Corporal Thomas Henry Taylor (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in May 1917.
- Private Herbert Victor Tomlinson (King’s Shropshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 28. His brother will die of illness just before the Armistice in November 1918.
- Private William Glass (East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. His brother was killed last month.
- Private Richard Littlehales (Coldstream Guards) dies at home on service. He is the son of the Reverend Walter Gouth Littlehales Rector of Balvan.