Sunday 22 August 1915 – We Lost 895
Captain Chaplain 4th Class Andrew Gillison is waiting to read the burial service over the bodies of some of the men who have fallen in the attack on Hill 60 when he hears someone groaning in the scrub on the ridge. He at once calls on Corporal Robert Reginald Pittendrigh, another clergyman, and a man name Wild. The three crawl forward and reach the wounded man and begin to drag him when a Turkish sniper opens fire and severely wounds the two clergymen. Chaplain Gillsion age 47 dies three hours later while corporal Pittendrigh will die one week later. Chaplain Gillison’s cousin was killed in April 1915 landing at Gallipoli.
Today’s losses include:
- A Chaplain
- Two battalion commanders
- An England Rugby International
- A Scotland Rugby International
- A Harlequins Rugby footballer
- A Western Suburbs fullback
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- A son-in-law of a member of the clergy
- The son of a Bombay Jurist
- The son of a Justice of the Peace
- The son-in-law of a Justice of the Peace
- Multiple families that will lose a second son in the Great War
- A man who will have two brothers killed in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Lieutenant Colonel Lionel Arthur Bosanquet (commanding 9th Sherwood Foresters) is killed by machine gun fire in Dead Man’s Gully near Chocolate Hill while leading his regiment with orders to take it at all costs at age 53 on Gallipoli. He is the eldest son of the late Arthur Bosanquet JP of Cleddon Hall, Monmouth and a Judge for the Bombay Presidency. He is the son-in-law of the Reverend John Erskine Campbell-Colquhoun JP DL of Killermont and Parscadden, Dumbarton. Colonel Bosanquet was gazetted to the Sherwood Foresters in 1883 was promoted Captain in 1892 and Major in 1903. He served in the Tirah Campaign 1897-8, and took part in the operations of the Bazar Valley in the action of Dargai and in the capture of Arhanga and Sanpagha Passes, receiving the medal with two clasps. He retired in 1911. Rejoining his Regiment on the outbreak of the War, he sailed for the Dardanelles in June 1915 as Colonel of the 9th Battalion which he had himself trained.
- Lieutenant Colonel George Fletcher Broadrick (commanding 6th Border Regiment) is killed at age 45.
- Captain Frank Cecil Clegg (Border Regiment) is killed in action on Gallipoli at age 27. His older brother has been killed fifteen days earlier while serving in the Lancashire Fusiliers also at Gallipoli.
- Captain Francis Robert Leslie Lowth (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed at age 27. His brother will be killed in October 1917.
- Captain Leonard Robinson (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed on Gallipoli at age 25. He is the son of the Reverend John Henry Robinson.
- Captain Roger Francis Draper (York and Lancashire Regiment attached Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed on Gallipoli at age 25. He is the first of three brothers who will be killed in the Great War.
- Captain Arthur James Dingle (East Yorkshire Regiment) is killed on Gallipoli when shot in the head at age 23. He earned 3 rugby caps for England and was the son of the Reverend Arthur Treharne Dingle Rector of Eaglescliffe who will lose another son in May 1916.
- Lieutenant William Middleton Wallace (Rifle Brigade attached Royal Flying Corps) is shot down and killed as an observer while engaged in photo reconnaissance at age 22. He was considered one of the best schoolboy athletes of his day and received his Rugby ‘Blue’ for Cambridge. He represented Scotland against England in 1913 and 1914 and also against Wales in 1914.
- Lieutenant Clarence Ernest Wand Tetley (Lancashire Fusiliers) is killed on Gallipoli at age 26. He gained his Oxford Hockey half blue and played for the Harlequins Rugby 1st XV from 1909-1912.
- Second Lieutenant Hubert Arthur Hamilton (Canterbury Mounted Rifles) is killed in action at Gallipoli at age 27. He is the son of the Reverend Canon Staples of St Matthew’s Vicarage, St Albans Christchurch.
- In their advance on Scimitar Hill inland from Suvla Second Lieutenant Thomas Wood Rutherford (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 31. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Robert Rutherford.
- Lance Sergeant David Shields (Yorkshire Regiment) is also killed at age 40. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Private Isaac Roberts (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed on Gallipoli. His brother will die on service in October 1918.
- Private George Duffin (Australian Infantry) is killed on the dawn attach on Hill 60 at age 29 three days after landing on Gallipoli. He was Western Suburbs’ first fullback in 1908.