Thursday 5 August 1915 – We Lost 201
German police arrest Nurse Edith Cavell in Brussels for helping over 200 Allied servicemen escape German authorities in occupied Belgium.
Admiral Herbert King-Hall sends out a Caudron airplane to make a reconnaissance of the Rufiji River. The pilot reports that Konigsberg is listing 15 degrees to starboard; it is rusting and obviously destroyed. He also notes “a sharply defined road across the sand: as well as a large lighter, several dhows and a supply ship with an awning. It is obvious that salvage operations have been taking place and probably still are. Nothing more is done.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of a ‘Knight’
- A man whose brother will be killed in three days
- A 15-year old boy
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Lieutenant John Cayley Hutchinson (Gurkha Rifles) is killed at age 22. He is the eldest son of ‘Sir’ Sydney Hutchison Kt.
- Private James Bain (Wellington Regiment) dies of illness on Gallipoli. His brother will be killed in three days.
- Private John James Averill (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 15.