Wednesday 15 July 1915 – We Lost 204
His Majesty the King is “graciously pleased to approve” the formation of two additional Battalions of Foot Guards – the Fourth Grenadier Guards and the Second Irish Guards.
Today’s loses include:
- A founder of the Kiakaha Football Club
- The secretary of the Manawatu Rugby Union
- A man whose two brothers will also be lost in the Great War
- The son of a man who served in the Confederate Army in the American Civil War
- A man shot at dawn
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Lieutenant Bennet Burleigh (Lancashire Fusiliers) dies of wounds on Gallipoli at age 22. He is the first of three sons of the war correspondent Bennet Burleigh who died last year and served in the Confederacy in the American Civil War who will lose their lives in the Great War.
- Lieutenant Harry Thomas Palmer (Wellington Mounted Rifles) dies of pneumonia at age 45. He is a founder of the Kia Kaha Football Club and secretary of the Manawatu Rugby Union.
- Private Thomas Docherty (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is shot at dawn for desertion. He deserted in March and was at liberty for three months before being arrested, and during his absence avoided some of the worst fighting in the Ypres Salient during 1915. His battalion was in action twice on Hill 60, and between assaults helped repel several German poison gas attacks.