Wednesday 11 August 1915 – We Lost 521
The 5th Indian Light Infantry arrives at Duala, Cameroon.
HM Special Service smack GRE sinks UB-4 off the Sussex coast.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- A Baronet
- The Headmaster of Mount Albert School
- The son-in-law of an Admiral
- A man whose brother-in-law will also be killed in the Great War
- A man whose son will be killed in September 1944
- A man whose brother will be killed in the Great War
- A man who has two brothers who will be killed on service
- The son of a member of the clergy
- An author and artist
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Captain Gilbert George Downes (Lincolnshire Regiment) dies of wounds on Gallipoli at age 25. His brother in law Captain Frederick Hugh Sasse died of wounds last May.
- Captain ‘Sir’ Herbert Archer Croft (Herefordshire Regiment) is killed in action in Gallipoli at age 46. He is the 10th Baronet and son of ‘Sir’ Herbert Croft the 9th His son ‘Sir’ James Herbert Croft the 11th Baronet will be killed on service and buried at home serving as a Captain commando King’s Shropshire Light Infantry on 15th August 1941.
- Captain Alfred John Shout VC MC (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds received two days prior while performing the acts that will win him a posthumous Victoria Cross. He dies at sea aboard HMHS Euuralia at age 34.
- Lieutenant John Aubrey Moore (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Herbert Augustine Moore Rector of Bewdley.
- Lieutenant Cosmo George Romilly (Sherwood Foresters attached Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed at age 25. He is the son-in-law of Admiral ‘Sir’ Compton Edward Domville’
- Lieutenant Hugh Arnold (Northumberland Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 42. He is the son of Charles and Annie, of Sussex, husband of Mary, of Kensington, London. He is an author and artist.
- Second Lieutenant George Hanson Wheatcroft (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed at age 26. His brother will be killed in July 1916.
- Lance Corporal Richard Alfred Fedarb (East Kent Regiment) dies of wounds at age 20. He has two brothers who will be killed in the service of their King. The first dies in the Faversham explosion in August 1916 and the second will be killed serving on the minesweeper Topaze in April 1941.