Saturday 21 August 1915 – We Lost 1,657

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John Peniston MIlbanke VC

John Peniston MIlbanke VC

The 11th and 29th Divisions and the 2nd South Midland Mounted Brigade attack Green Hill and Chocolate Hill.  Although pressed with great resolution, the front line does not move.

Australians take part in the First Battle of Hill 60. In the Battle of Scimitar Hill, the Suvla forces attack the hills immediately north of Hill 60. They succeed in capturing half of the hill.  Intense machine-gun, rifle and shellfire set fire to the bushes on the ground at Hill 60 across which the allies are attacking.  The flames, reaching some of the dead or wounded, ignite their clothing and explode their bombs and rifle ammunition, and the pieces of burning cloth or wood are flung about, starting more fires.

Today’s losses include:

  • The 5th Earl of Longford
  • Two Victoria Cross winners
  • A Brigadier General
  • A Baronet
  • Three battalion commanders
  • Multiple sons of Justices of the Peace
  • A former Aide de Camp to John French
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of the Head Master of ‘Sir’ George Monoux School
  • An International Cricket player
  • A Norfolk Cricket player
  • A steeplechase and polo players
  • A member of the Eton Exelsior Rowing Club and Eton Football Club
  • A member of the Aylesbury Football Club
  • Multiple families that will lose another son in the Great War
  • Brothers killed together
  • A brother-in-law of the editor of the Christchurch Star

 Today’s highlighted casualties are:

  • When the initial attack by the 29th Division fails the Yeomanry are ordered to advance in the open across a dry salt lake. Raked by shrapnel fire many of the brigades halt in the shelter of Green Hill but Brigadier General Thomas Pakenham, the 5th Earl of Longford, KP, MVO, General Officer Commanding 2nd (South Midland) Mounted Brigade, 2nd Mounted Division leads his brigade in a charge which captures the summit of the hill. He is killed at age 50.
  • Lieutenant Colonel ‘Sir’ John Peniston Milbanke VC (Nottinghamshire Yeomanry) the 10th Baronet and winner of the Victoria Cross at Colensburg during the South Africa War on 5th January 1900 is killed in action at Gallipoli at age 42. He is the elder son of the late ‘Sir’ Peniston Milbanke 9th Baronet DL JP for Sussex, and of Elizabeth Margaret, daughter of the Honorable Richard Denman. He succeeded as 10th Baronet in 1899 and married in 1900, Amelia (Leila), only daughter of Lieutenant Colonel ‘the Honorable’ Charles and Lady Madeline Crichton, and leaves two sons. Colonel Milbanke joined the Sussex Militia in 1890 and was gazetted to the Hussars in 1892. He served with them in Ireland until the outbreak of the South African War, during which he acted as ADC to ‘Sir’ John French. At Colesburg on 5th January 1900, just before the memorable occasion on which the Suffolks were captured, he was out with a reconnoitring party of the Hussars, when, the horse of one of the men having been ridden to a standstill, he, being already severely wounded, rode back through a heavy fire, picked up the man, put him on his own horse and brought him safely in. Unfortunately, on arrival, he was unconscious from loss of blood and could not communicate the information he had gathered.  For his actions, while home on sick leave after his wound, he was awarded the Victoria Cross by Queen Victoria. This was the last public duty she performed before her death. He was also mentioned in Despatches and received the Queen’s Medal and two clasps. After the South African War he served with the Hussars in India.  He retired from the Army in 1910 but rejoined on the outbreak of the War, taking over the command of the Sherwood Rangers in October 1914. He left England with the Regiment in April 1915, and is killed three days after arriving on the Peninsula. At the time of his death he had just received a communication offering him a Brigade.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Maxmillian David Francis Wood DSO (commanding 9th West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at ge 42. He played cricket for the Europeans versus India and for Hampshire.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Gurney Sheppard DSO (commanding Hertfordshire Yeomanry) dies of wounds at Chocolate Hill on Gallipoli at age 50. He is a South Africa War veteran where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
  • Major Ernest Reginald Woodwark (Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 37. He is the son of the late Alderman Woodwark JP.
  • Captain Ambrose Moody (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend William Herbert Moody Rector of Bentley. Captain Hugh George Nevile (South Wales Borderers) is killed on Gallipoli at age 36. His brother will be killed next February.
  • Captain Charles Campbell Henderson-Hamilton (Cameronians) is killed on Gallipoli at age 32. His brother will be killed next month and they are sons of Reverend Charles Greenhill Henderson-Hamilton late rector of St Mary’s Hamilton.
  • Captain Gerald Robert O’Sullivan VC (Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) leads his company through a hurricane of fire onto the crest of Hill 70, only to be forced back by enfilading artillery fire. Some 400 yards beneath the hilltop he gathers together the survivors in a gully and urges them to make ‘one more charge for the honour of the Old Regiment’. According to the Inniskilling history, ‘every man who could, responded and a little band of fifty rushed against the crest. Of that band only one, a wounded sergeant, came back’. Gerald O’Sullivan’s 26 year old body will never be found and his name is engraved on the Helles Memorial.
  • Captain George Gardner (Empress of India’s Lancers, Indian Army attached Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars) is killed. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Robert Gardner.
  • Lieutenant Arthur Lewis Kennaway (Dorset Yeomanry) is killed at age 34. He is the son of the Reverend Charles Lewis Kennaway Vicar of Tarrant Crawford and he played for Norfolk in the 1904 Minor Counties Cricket Championship.
  • Lieutenant Wolfred Reeve Cloutman (Royal Engineers) is killed at age 25 rescuing a sergeant whom he carried on his shoulder 45 feet up a ladder from the bottom of a mine. As soon as the sergeant is lifted off the Lieutenant falls to the bottom overcome by gas.
  • Lieutenant John Reginald Lingard (Manchester Regiment) dies of wounds at age 30. He is the only child of Thomas Dewhurst Lingard JP for the County of Westmorland.
  • Lieutenant Frank Basil Goodall (Border Regiment) is killed. His brother will die of effects from gassing in November 1917. Lieutenant Lingard was gazetted to the Manchester Regiment on the outbreak of the war and was afterwards attached to the Lancashire Fusiliers. He went to Alexandria in June 1915, and after a few days proceeded to Gallipoli.
  • Second Lieutenant Philip Hugh Gore Roberts (Gordon Highlanders) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend William Walter Roberts.
  • Second Lieutenant Esmond Theodore Allpass (Sherwood Foresters) is killed on Gallipoli. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Alfred Allpass former head of ‘Sir’ George Monoux School who will lose another son in September 1916.
  • Second Lieutenant Hugh Bagnall Gething (Royal Gloucestershire Hussars) is killed at age 31. He is a well-known steeplechase rider and polo player. Lieutenant Gething was sent out with his Regiment first to Alexandria, and from there to the Dardanelles in this month being killed a few days after landing. His Regiment is ordered to advance across a stretch of about a mile and a half of open country. They have only just started when heavy shell fire is opened on them, and they begin to suffer heavy casualties. He survives almost the whole way across and has just faced forward again, after turning to say a few encouraging words to his men, when he is hit by shrapnel and killed instantaneously.
  • Second Lieutenant Percy Thomas Jordan (Inniskilling Fusiliers) who is killed at age 22. He is the son of Canon Jordan Rector of Magherafelt.
  • Sergeant Frederick Palmer (Berkshire Yeomanry) is killed on Gallipoli at age 29. His brother will be killed in October 1918.
  • Lance Corporal Norman Atholston Robieson (Wellington Mounted Rifles) dies at sea on a hospital ship off Gallipoli at age 31. He is the brother-in-law of the editor of the Christchurch Star.
  • Lance Corporal Nolan Sustins age 25 and his brother Trooper Leon Sustins (Canterbury Mounted Rifles) age 21 are both killed at Hill 60, Anzac.
  • Private Edwin Allen (Dorsetshire Regiment) is killed in action on Gallipoli at age 23. His brother will be killed in January 1917.
  • Brothers Bertram (age 30) and Cyril (age 21) Legge both serving in the Dorsetshire Regiment are killed together on Gallipoli.
  • Trooper Herbert Henry Hiley (Berkshire Yeomanry) is killed on Gallipoli at age 19. He is a well-known member of the Eton Excelsior Rowing Club and the Windsor & Eton Football Club.
  • Private James Fletcher (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed on Gallipoli. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
  • Private Dennis Arthur Horne (Buckinghamshire Hussars) is killed on Gallipoli at age 23. He is a member of the Aylesbury United Football Club.
  • Private Arthur Scott (York and Lancashire Regiment) is killed on Gallipoli at age 25 two months after his brother died at home on service.