Sunday 27 June 1915 – We Lost 155
British forces carry four Turkish lines near Krithia, at Gallipoli.
British and Indian forces attack the Turkish garrison at Nasiriyeh. The heat has reached 115 degrees Fahrenheit. In spite of the fact that the Turkish field guns keep up an unexpectedly steady and accurate fire. Nasiriyeh is captured. The Turkish forces withdraw, but quickly begin to prepare a new defensive position at Kut el Amara. As the British and Indians prepare to follow them, sickness begins to decimate the fighting capabilities of the troops.
The coast of Asia Minor opposite Chios is bombarded by HMS Hussar.
Today’s losses include:
- An Australian Rules Footballer
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- The son of a Surgeon General
- A man whose wife will have two of her brothers killed in action together
- Multiple families that will lose a second in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Captain Joseph Terrell Crowl (Australian Light Horse) is killed at age 31. He played 4 games for Geelong in 1906 Australian Rules Football. His cousin Private Claude Terrell Crowl was killed on the first day of landings on Gallipoli.
- Captain Arthur Richard Routledge (Army Veterinary Corps) dies on service at home at age 44. He is the son of James Routledge JP.
- Lieutenant William Reginald Pryn (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of burns at age 22. He is the son of Surgeon General William Wentworth Pryn CB Royal Navy.
- Private Peter Francis McDermott (East Lancashire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action. His brother will meet the same fate in January 1916.
- Private William Parker (London Post Office Rifles) dies at home of ceribro spinal meningitis at age 20. His brother will die of wounds in October 1916.
- Private W H Hawkins (Shropshire Light Infantry) dies of wounds at home. His wife’s two brothers will be killed together in December 1917.