Tuesday 17 August 1915 – We Lost 331

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HMS Ben-my-Chree

HMS Ben-my-Chree

The Newfoundland Regiment embarks on the converted cruiser HMS Megantic bound for Alexandria en route to Gallipoli.

Flight Commander G B Dacre and Flight Commander C H K Edmonds (HMS Ben-my-Chree) attack a Turkish tug and one of three steamers heading for Ak Bashi Liman setting both on fire and sinking both.

Today’s losses include:

  • A battalion commander
  • A Gloucester cricketer
  • A man whose brother will also be killed in the Great War
  • A man whose wife’s brother will be killed next year
  • Brothers killed together
  • A man whose sister will die on service in December 1918

Today’s highlighted casualties are:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Harry Marrion Welstead (commanding 9th Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 54 on Gallipoli. He is a veteran of the South Africa War.
  • Lance Corporal John Bradley (Cheshire Regiment) is killed at age 38. His brother was killed last October.
  • Lance Corporal Theodore Humphrey Fowler (Honorable Artillery Company) dies of pyrexia at age 35. He played cricket for Gloucester.
  • Lance Corporal George De Beger (Northamptonshire Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. His wife’s brother will killed in action next year.
  • Privates and brothers Edward, 20, and Henry John Jewell, 21, both serving with A Section, 32nd Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps are killed together on Gallipoli.
  • Private Hugh Price Jones (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed on Gallipoli at age 22. His sister will die on service in December 1918.