Friday 2 July 1915 – We Lost 218
The German submarine UC-2 is sunk when it accidentally strikes the small steamer Cottingham while at periscope depth. Investigating minesweepers dislodge a mine that is later detonated and a diver enters the wreck on the next day and recovers codebooks and papers. Eventually the wreck will be raised and examined.
Parliament passes the Munitions of War Act which requires compulsory arbitration of labor disputes, bans strikes and lockouts, limits profits and places other restrictions on management and labor.
Today’s losses include:
- An Africa big game hunter
- An Australian Rules footballer
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple men who will have another brother killed in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Captain Cuthbert Francis Balleine (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 32. He is the son of the Very Reverend G O Balleine Dean of Jersey.
- Captain Michael Foster Reaney (Indian Medical Services attached Gurkha Rifles) is killed in action on Gallipoli at age 37. He is the son of the Reverend George Sale Reaney.
- Second Lieutenant James Henry Spanton DCM (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) dies of wounds received yesterday at Armentieres. He is a big game hunter in Rhodesia and the son of the Reverend E Spanton of Hereford.
- Rifleman James Pender (Irish Rifles) is killed on Gallipoli at age 21. His brother will die at home next May. He is a former Australian rules footballer who played with Carlton
- Private Harry Froude Sibbick (Hampshire Regiment) is killed on Gallipoli at age 27. His brother will be killed next month on Gallipoli.