Wednesday 14 July 1915 – We Lost 297
On Gallipoli the 1/4th Royal Scots are relieved at 17:15 and move to the reserve trenches at Brown House. There they are employed in clearing the communications trench to Regent Street.
Today’s losses include:
- Two battalion commanders
- An Aide de Camp to he Viceroy of India
- The son of the Financial Secretary to the Supreme Government of India
- A godson of Lord Roberts
- A First Class Hampshire cricket player
- A West Vale footballer
- An Ayr United footballer
- Two sons of Justices of the Peace
- A son of a member of the clergy
- The son of a Surgeon General
- Multiple men who will have brothers killed in the Great War
- A man whose son will die on service in the Second World War
- A man whose cousin will be killed next year
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Lieutenant Colonel Henry Alan Vallings (commanding 29th Punjabis) is killed in the battle of Mbuyuni, East Africa at age 49.
- Lieutenant Colonel Edmund George Evelegh (Royal Marines commanding Nelson Battalion Royal Naval Division) is killed on Gallipoli. “He was last seen standing on a trench, cap in hand, cheering his men forward and then dashing on himself.” His brother was killed last September and his son will die on service at home in 1940.
- Major Sidney Morton (Punjabis) is killed at age 39. He is the son of the late Surgeon General G E Morton.
- Captain W L C Graham (Indian Army Reserve of Officers) dies at home. He is the son of James Noble Graham DL JP. He had been ADC to His Excellency the Viceroy of India and his widow will marry Lord O’Donnell.
- Captain Evelyn Henry Le Mesurier Sinkinson (Punjabis) is killed in Mesopotamia at age 33. He is the eldest surviving son of the late James Sinkinson, sometime Financial Secretary to the Supreme Government of India, and grandson of Contessa Zancarol he was also the Godson of the late Lord Roberts. Captain Sinkinson joined the Militia in 1901 and volunteered for active service in South Africa. He was gazetted to the Liverpool Regiment in 1902. During operations in the Transvaal he was severely injured in the leg and was unable to rejoin his Regiment until 1904 though he received the Queen’s Medal and three clasps. He then transferred to the Indian Army, and was gazetted Captain in 1911. While in India during 1914, he was the Recruiting Officer for the Sikhs and Dogras.
- Lieutenant James Frederick Sutcliffe (Royal Marines Portsmouth Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 38. He is a cricketer who represented Hampshire in one first class match in 1911.
- Lieutenant Stanton Degge Wilmot-Sitwell (Royal Marines Portsmouth Royal Naval Division) is killed at age 18. His cousin will be killed five days short of one year from this day.
- Lieutenant John C Haverfield (Indian Army Reserve of Officers attached Punjabis) is killed. He is the son of the Honorabale Mrs. Haverfield.
- Lieutenant William Brodie Galbraith (Highland Light Infantry) is killed in action on Gallipoli. He is the son of W B Galbraith JP who will lose another son in the same Battalion of the same Regiment in five weeks and one in August 1918.
- Lieutenant Hugh Morris (Cameronians) is killed in action at age 29. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Elliott Morris of the Rectory, Ceres Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
- Private Clement Stanley Priestley (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 25. He played football for West Vale.
- Private Robert Capperauld (Royal Scots Fusiliers) a reserve player for the Ayr United Football Club dies of wounds received in action on Gallipoli two days after two of his teammates have been killed on Gallipoli.
- Sapper Arthur White (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 30. His brother will be killed in April 1917.