Sunday 4 July 1915 – We Lost 270

by greatwarliveslost

Frederick Daniel Parslow

Frederick Daniel Parslow VC

At 08:00 a submarine is sighted on the port beam of HM Horse Transport Anglo Californian at the distance of one mile.  The ship, which is entirely unarmed, is immediately maneuvered to bring the submarine astern; every effort is made to increase speed and an S. O. S. call is sent out by wireless, an answer being received from a man-of-war.  At 09:00 the submarine opens fire making occasional hits until 10:30.  Meanwhile Lieutenant Frederick Daniel Parslow (Royal Naval Reserve) constantly alters course and keeps the submarine astern.  At 10:30 the enemy hoist the signal to abandon the vessel as fast as possible and in order to protect the lives of his crew Lieutenant Parslow decides to obey and stops his engines to give as many of the crew as wish the opportunity to get away in the boats.  However upon receiving a wireless message from a destroyer urging him to hold on for as long as possible, he decides to get way on the ship again.  The submarine now opens a heavy fire on the bridge and boats with guns and rifles wrecking the upper bridge, killing Lieutenant Parslow and carrying away one of the port davits causing its boat to drop into the sea and throwing its occupants into the water.  For his actions on this day Lieutenant Parslow will be awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.  He dies at age 59.

Lahej (near Aden) is attacked by Turks. Private Charles James Lewis (South Wales Borderers) is either killed or dies of heat exhaustion at age 19. His brother was killed on the first landing day on Gallipoli.

South African forces take Tsumeb freeing 600 prisoners of war.

Today’s losses include:

  •  A man who will be awarded the Victoria Cross for is efforts on this day
  • A man whose brother was killed on the first landing day at Gallipoli