Thursday 5 August 1915 – We Lost 201

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Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell

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.