Friday 3 September 1915 – We Lost 200
Temporary Lieutenant Wilbur Taylor Dartnell (25th (Frontiersmen Battalion Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 30 performing acts that will award him a posthumous Victoria Cross near Maktau, East Africa. During a mounted infantry engagement the enemy gets within a few yards of our men, and it is found impossible to get the more severely wounded away. Lieutenant Dartnell, who is himself being carried away wounded in the leg, seeing the situation, and knowing that the enemy’s black troops murdered the wounded, insists on being left behind in the hopes of being able to save the lives of the other wounded men. He gave his own life in the gallant attempt to save others.
Today’s losses include:
- A Victoria Cross winner
- The son of a General
- A man whose brother will be killed in April 1918
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Colonel Walter Adye CB (Royal Irish Rifles) dies on service at home at age 56. He is the son of General Goodson Adye and had served in the Afghanistan and South African Campaigns.
- Fireman Bartholomew Bowlt (HMS Stephen Furness) dies on service at home at age 27. His brother will be killed on HMS Vindictive in April 1918.