Sunday 15 August 1915 – We Lost 613
On Gallipoli British forces attack Kirich Tepe.
Hamilton finally cables Kitchener that the IX Corps generals are “unfit” for command. Kitchener makes Lieutenant-General Julian Byng available to command IX Corps. Hamilton dismissed Stopford and, while Byng is travelling from France, replaces him with Major-General Beauvoir de Lisle, commander of the British 29th Division at Helles. Hammersley is also dismissed but Hamilton intends to retain Mahon in command of the 10th Division. However, Mahon is incensed that de Lisle is appointed above him and resigns, stating “I respectfully decline to waive my seniority and to serve under the officer you name.” He abandons his division while it is in the thick of the fighting on Kiretch Tepe. The commander of the 53rd Division, Major-General John Lindley, voluntarily resigned.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of the Irish Nationalist Member of Parliament for South Mayo
- Two battalion commanders
- An International footballer
- Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
- The son of a Baronet
- The son of a General
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A grandson of a member of the clergy
- Brothers killed together
- Multiple families that will lose another son in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Saunders Vanrenen (commanding 5th Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed in action at age 52. He is the son of the late General Donald Vanrenen.
- Lieutenant Colonel George Alfred Edsell (Royal Army Medical Corps commanding 83rd (1st/3rd Home Counties) Field Ambulance) dies on service at home of pleurisy contracted in April at age 56.
- Captain Brian Clarke Cumberland (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at Gallipoli at age 26. He is the son of Hugh Cumberland, JP.
- Captain Charles Tanueray Baker (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed in action at Gallipoli. He is the son of the Rector of Dunstable.
- Captain and Adjutant William Reeves Richards (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed on Gallipoli at age 24. He is the son of John William Richards JP.
- Lieutenant Harry Spottiswoode Trevor (Royal Engineers attached Sappers and Miners) is killed in action at age 26. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Arthur Charles Trevor KCSI.
- Lieutenant Laurance Alfred Pinsent (North Staffordshire Regiment) is killed in action one year before his younger brother meets the same fate. He is 20 years old and they are sons of Richard Alfred Pinsent 1st
- Lieutenant Michael Joseph Fitzgibbon (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed in action at Gallipoli. He is the son of the Irish Nationalist Member of Parliament for South Mayo.
- Lieutenant Cyril Richard Lydekker (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed during the second assault on Kidney Hill on Gallipoli at age 25. His brother will die on service in June 1917.
- Second Lieutenant Donald James Grubb (Inniskilling Fusiliers) is killed at age 20 on Gallipoli. He is the only son of the Reverend James Grubb.
- Second Lieutenant William Yonge Radcliffe (Wiltshire Regiment) is killed on Gallipoli at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur Caynton Radcliffe Rector of Rockbourne.
- Second Lieutenant Charles Broughton Harrop Beck (Cheshire Regiment) dies of wounds on a hospital ship after being wounded in saving his gun at the landing at Suvla Bay at age 24. He is the only son of the late Colonel C H Beck CB JP for the County of Cheshire, who commanded the 4th (Militia) Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment in the South African War and of Mrs. Beck youngest daughter of the late Reverend C F Broughton Rector of Snelston, Derbyshire. Lieutenant Beck volunteered for active service on the outbreak of the War and received a commission in the Cheshire Regiment.
- Second Lieutenant Ronald Turner (Essex Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. He is the son of Reverend Robert Turner (late vicar of Tirley) and an Amateur International and Football blue.
- Second Lieutenant Frederick Gibson Heuston (Irish Fusiliers) is killed on Gallipoli at age 21. His twin brother will be killed next April.
- Sergeant John Rice (Essex Regiment) is killed on Gallipoli at age 22. His brother was killed last May.
- Brothers Lance Sergeant Albert, 20, and Sergeant Nathan Payne, 21, are killed while serving with the Bedfordshire Regiment on Gallipoli.