Tuesday 20 July 1915 – We Lost 240

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The German submarine U-23 is torpedoed and sunk by the submarine C-27 which is working in concert with the Q-ship HMS Princess Louise. The commander officer and nine others are rescued.

Two clergymen are killed serving the Army today.

Today’s losses include:

  • Two members of the clergy
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A man killed by friendly fire
  • A school master
  • A man who will have two brothers also killed in the Great War
  • Multiple men who will have a brother killed in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties are:

  • Captain and Adjutant ‘the Reverend’ Walter Short (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed at age 29 at Coutmas near Rheims. His drawings will be published after the War as “Pictures from France”.  He is a minister of the Unitarian Free Church at Stalybridge and Bootie.
  • Captain Cecil Alexander Headlam Keenlyside (Cambridgeshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 34. He served in the South African War and his brother was killed in October 1914.
  • Lieutenant Charles James Tree (Worcestershire Regiment) dies of wounds on Gallipoli after being bayoneted by an excited sentry of another regiment at age 25. He is the first of three brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War and he was a Master of a Private School in East Grinstead Sussex.
  • Second Lieutenant ‘the Reverend’ William Barr Macfarlane (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) dies of wounds at age 27. He is an assistant Minister of the Church of Scotland.
  • Sergeant Alexander Allardyce (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend William Allardyce.
  • Corporal Charles Louis Beale (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother died of wounds last year.
  • Private Charles Bernard Donaldson (Australian Infantry) is killed by a sniper shot to the head at age 24. His brother will die of wounds in August 1916.