Tuesday 13 July 1915 – We Lost 406

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Memorial to Captain Baron Trevenen James

Memorial to Captain Baron Trevenen James

During operations south of Achi Baba a retreat is begun and rapidly develops which might have had very serious consequences. Major Ernest Frederick Powys Sketchley (Royal Marine Light Infantry) prevents some of these men from retiring further.  He then gathers about 40 of them and reoccupies some of the trenches. With the help of Lance Corporal J G Way he returns twice to gather more men and collecting in all about 100 they retake further trenches capturing some 40 prisoners and secure the position.  Major Sketchley will be killed in action in October 1916.

Today’s loses include: 

  • A battalion commander
  • An Otago footballer
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • The grandson of a member of the clergy
  • Two men whose brothers will also be killed in the Great War

Today’s highlighted casualties are:

Captain Baron Trevenen James MC (Royal Engineers attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed in action at age 26.  He is killed by a shell fired at his aircraft while he is flying a solo test mission over the enemy lines. He is evaluating wireless equipment that has been largely developed by himself and Captain Donald Swain Lewis, RFC. One of his enduring achievements is the development of the ‘clock code’ that establishes the relative positions of targets for the artillery. The practice becomes widely used during the War for other applications, and is still widely used.  His younger brother Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Kenneth James also fell at age 26. He was killed on 19th May 1918 whilse serving with the 6th Border Regiment. . He is the grandson of the Reverend W Philipson, rector of Bradley, Lincolnshire.

  • Colonel Frank William Luard (commanding Portsmouth Battalion Royal Marines Royal Naval Division) is killed on Gallipoli at age 50. He is the son of the Reverend Bixby Garnham Luard Rector of Birch.
  • Sergeant Eric Oliver Allan (Otago Infantry) is killed at age 22. He is a noted footballer in Otago.
  • Trooper John Thomas Primrose (Canterbury Mounted Rifles) is killed on Gallipoli at age 22. His brother was killed in April.
  • Private Charles McCullough (Australian Infantry) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend R McCullough.