Wednesday 18 August 1915 – We Lost 338
The submarine E13 runs aground near the Danish Island of Saltholm due to a faulty gyrocompass. She is at the time en route to the Baltic. The Danish officials give the commanding officer Lieutenant Geoffrey Layton one hour to re-float the boat or risk being interned. The boat then comes under attack from two German torpedo boats and but for the intervention of the Danish torpedo boat Soulven may have suffered great damage than she does. Fourteen members of the crew are killed or fatally wounded. The remainder of the crew is interned.
Today’s losses include:
- A Scottish cross country and 7-mile champion runner
- An Australian Rules footballer
- A son of a member of the clergy
- A family that will have three more sons killed in the Great War
- Multiple examples of families that will lose another son
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Captain Eric Landon Brown MC (Suffolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Second Lieutenant Thomas Alexander Ogilvie (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds on Malta at age 28. He was an Australian Rules Footballer for the University of Melbourne in 1901-1905 and 1908-1909 scoring 21 goals in 28 games.
- Sergeant Harry James (Middlesex Regiment) is killed at age 28. He is the second of four brothers who are killed in the Great War. They are sons of the Reverend C H James.
- Private Walter Rudolph Brabenetz (Cheshire Regiment) is killed on Gallipoli at age 21. His brother will be killed five days before the Armistice is signed in November 1918.
Sapper A Forrester (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds on Mudros at age 42. He is a Scottish cross country and 7-mile champion runner