Wednesday 8 September 1915 – We Lost 187
Lieutenant Harold Vernon Lyon (Royal Navy) is put ashore from submarine E2 in an attempt to cut the Constantinople-Adrianople railway line with a demolition charge. Although a loud explosion is heard, nothing more is ever seen of Lyon.
British troops give up their attempt to take Mora Cameroon.
The fishing vessel Devonian (Skipper Arthur Lambert age 44) is sunk when she strikes a mine in the North Sea. Her crew of nine is killed.
Today’s losses include:
- A grandson of the 2nd Baron de Mauley of Canford
- A former Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Natal
- Multiple families that will lose another son in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
- Captain Ashley William Neville Ponsonby (Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 33. He is the son of the Honorable Edwin Charles Williams Ponsonby and grandson of the 2nd Baron de Mauley of Canford. In 1907 he served at Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Natal and he was the Military Secretary to the Governor General of South Africa in 1914.
- Rifleman Mervyn Merefield Parsons (Rifle Brigade) is killed in action at age 26. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Private John Maurice Squires (Saskatchewan Regiment) is killed in action at age 26. His brother was killed yesterday.
- Private James Smith (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds at age 19. His brother will die on service in December 1918.