Monday 2 August 1915 – We Lost 204

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Horace Annesley Vachell

Horace Annesley Vachell

13th Division begins its landings on Gallipoli.

General Michael Joseph Tighe cables the war office with an estimate of the German strength in East Africa being 20,000.

Canada subscribes 20,000 pounds sterling for machine guns.

Today’s losses include:

  • The only son of the novelist and dramatist Horace Annesley Vachell
  • The former Aide de Camp to the Governor of Bombay
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Multiple men who will have a brother killed in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties are:

Captain Richard Tanfield Vachell (Northumberland Fusiliers attached Royal Flying Corps) dies of accidental injuries at age 25. He is the only son of the novelist and dramatist Horace Annesley Vachell. He had considerable literary gifts, especially for the short story and drama, and contributed several articles to the St. George’s Gazette. At one time he intended to go on the stage but made up his mind to adopt the Army as a profession and went to Sandhurst. Captain Vachell was gazetted to the Northumberland Fusiliers in 1910 and went to Gharial in the Murree Hills, the same year. Except for a short period in 1912 when he acted as ADC to Lord Sydenham the then Governor of Bombay he served continuously until the outbreak of the War. He left for France with his Regiment in August 1914. He was present through the Retreat from Mons and was wounded on 20th October 1914 and invalided home. For his services at that time he was mentioned in Despatches. He was then seconded for service to the Royal Flying Corps as an observation officer, and took many remarkable photographs of the enemy’s lines. Later he qualified as a pilot and again went to France in July 191 5. Two days ago he was returning from a reconnaissance and broke his propeller on landing and the machine caught fire. He and his observer both extricated themselves from the burning plane but Vachell was badly burned and he dies today from shock.

  • Captain George Ernest Martin (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 37. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
  • Lieutenant William Arthur Bayford Kirwan Ward (Royal Engineers) is killed on Gallipoli atage 27. He is the son of the Reverend William Hallows Kirwan Ward Vicar of Asthall.
  • Private Thomas Stone (Durham Light Infantry) is killed at age 29. His brother will be killed in six days in the sinking of HMS India.