Thursday 26 August 1915 – We Lost 223
Squadron Commander Arthur Wellesley Bigsworth (Royal Naval Air Service) is reconnoitering, alone in a biplane, the seaward side of Ostend. He spots a German submarine and swoops down dropping bombs with destructive accuracy. The first bomb burst a hole in the submarines decks, and being unable to dive, he is compelled to travel on the surface. Before she can reach Ostend harbour she fills up and sinks.
Today’s losses include:
- The middle of three brothers killed in the Great War
- Two families that will lose another son in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Private David Miller (King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed in action on Gallipoli. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
- Private John Good (Munster Fusiliers) is killed on Gallipoli. His brother will be killed next July.
- Stoker Patrick Brennock (HMS Eruopa Royal Naval Reserve) dies of illness in the Aegean at age 33. He is the middle of three brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.