Sunday 29 August 1915 – We Lost 296

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Robert Reginald Pittendrigh

Robert Reginald Pittendrigh

The submarine C29 (Lieutenant William Robert Schofield age 27)  and the trawler Ariadne are carrying out anti U-boat duties off the Outer Dowsing Light Vessel off the Humber in the North Sea.  The submarine is under tow and in telephone contact with the trawler when it strays into a mined area and strikes a mine killing her crew of seventeen. The loss of C29 brings an end to trawler/submarine operations.

Today’s losses include:

  • The son of a Member of Parliament
  • The son of a Deputy Inspector General
  • A member of the clergy
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • One son of a family that will lose four sons in the Great War
  • One son of a family that will lose three sons in the Great War
  • Multiple families that will lose a second son in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties are:

  • Major John Noble Jephson (Royal Munster Fusiliers) dies of wounds on Mudros at age 50. He is the son of the late Deputy Inspector General William Holmes Jephson MD and on his own initiative captured an important post on the Dardanelles (afterwards called ‘Jephson’s Post’) where he was wounded.
  • Captain Walcot Harmood-Banner (South Wales Borderers) is killed in action at age 33. He is the son of ‘Sir’ J S Harmood-Banner, Member of Parliament.
  • Lieutenant Wilfrid Smyth-Osbourne (Worcestershire Regiment) is killed in action at age 21. His brother will be killed on HMS Invincible at the Battle of Jutland in 1916 they are sons of J S Smyth-Osborne JP DL.
  • Second Lieutenant Owen Whitaker MC (Royal Garrison Artillery) is shot in the head by a sniper at age 20. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
  • Sergeant Cyril Humphreys (Australian Light Horse) is killed. He is the son of the Reverend Humphrey Humphreys Rector of Herllan.
  • Corporal Robert Reginald Pittendrigh (Australian Infantry) dies of wounds received one week earlier when he and Chaplain Andrew Gillison have attempted to rescue a wounded man on Hill 60 when the bushes on the ground have caught on fire. Prior to joining the service he was a clergyman.
  • Private Patrick Conlon (Connaught Rangers) is killed. He is one of four brothers who will lose their lives in the war.
  • Private William Fishburn Donkin Smith (Canadian Mounted Rifles) is killed at age 26. He is the middle of three sons of Canon George Herbert Smith of Madras who will lose their lives.