Sunday 25 July 1915 – We Lost 169
Nasiriyeh along the Euphrates River is captured.
While flying alone in a Bristol Scout Captain Lanoe George Hawker (Royal Flying Corps) attacks three enemy airplanes in succession. The first manages eventually to escape, the second is driven to the ground damaged, and the third, which he attacks at a height of about 10,000 feet, is driven to earth in our lines, the pilot and observer both being killed. The personal bravery shown by this officer, while testing an invention of his own, a mount for attaching a Lewis gun to the Bristol Scout will lead to his being awarded the Victoria Cross for this action. Hawker is the first pilot to receive the Victoria Cross for aerial combat.
The first Royal Flying Corps squadron fully equipped with Vickers FB5’s, 11th Squadron, arrives in France.
S S Frith is sunk by a submarine four miles southeast from Aldborough Napes Buoy. Four of the crew are killed including a father and son. First Engineer James Buyers is killed at age 57 alongside his son Second Engineer William Alexander Buyers who is killed at age 23.
Today’s losses include:
- A father and son killed together
- A son of a member of the clergy
- A man whose brother will be killed in the Great War
- A son of a General
- A son of a Member of Parliament
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Lieutenant Basil George Hope Maclear MC (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Canon George Frederick Maclear Warden of King’s College School Canterbury and his brother will die on on service in January 1919.
- Rifleman Drostan Arthur Cumine Russell (of Aden) (Northern Rhodesian Rifles) dies on service at age 24. He is the son of Major General Francis Shirley Russell (of Aden) MP DL.