Tuesday 29 June 1915 – We Lost 391
Turkish counter attacks at the Dardanelles are repulsed with heavy loss.
Mr. Walter Long of the British government introduces a National Registration Bill, the first step on the road from volunteers to compulsory military service. It provides for the registration of all people between 15 and 65 years of age in England, Scotland, Wales, the Scilly Isles and (with reservations) Ireland.
The 1st/7th Royal Scots are engaged in clearing the battlefield on Gallipoli. On this night the Turks make another unsuccessful attack on Quinn’s Post and Pope’s Hill.
Today’s losses include:
- The Scottish Cross Country Champion in 1904 and 1905
- A Victoria Cross winner
- A battalion commander
- The son of an Alderman
- Multiple men who were the sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple man who will have another brother killed in the Great War
- The third member of St Mary’s Fife and Drum Band killed in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
Corporal John Ranken (Royal Scots) is killed at age 34. He has been awarded Scottish Athletic International Honors in 1900, 01, 03 and 1907 and the Scottish Cross Country Champion in 1904 and 1905. His brother will die of wounds in March 1916 and their family will create the Ranken Memorial Trophy to be awarded to the winner of the mile run at George Watson’s College.
- Lieutenant Colonel Spottiswoode Robert Dunn (commanding 1st/4th Royal Scots) is killed on Gallipoli at age 52. He is a South African War veteran.
- Lieutenant Colonel William Bridgett Pritchard (Royal Army Medical Corps) dies of wounds on Gallipoli. He is the son of Alderman W B Pritchard.
- Captain William Noel Atkinson (Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army) is killed in action by a sniper during a Turkish attack on Gallipoli at age 32. He was born in Calcutta and is the son of the Reverend Augustus William Atkinson of Mysore. He was educated at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and is buried at Twelve Copse Cemetery.
- Lieutenant Malcolm Henry Young (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed less than three weeks ago.
- Lieutenant Henry Mark Hugh Cooper (King Edward’s Horse) dies of wounds at age 19 at home received 13th He is the son of the Reverend Henry Samuel Cooper of St George’s Canterbury.
- Second Lieutenant William Edward Balcombe-Brown (Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 22. His younger brother will be killed in action with the Royal Air Force in May 1918.
- Lance Sergeant William Stephen Keneally VC (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies of wounds received the previous day at age 28. He was one of six members of his battalion who are elected by his mates to receive the Victoria Cross on landing.
- Private Michael David (Munster Fusiliers) who dies of wounds received in action on Gallipoli at age 20. He is the third member of the St Mary’s Fife and Drum Band to be killed in the first year of the Great War