Thursday 9 September 1915 – We Lost 235
Second Lieutenant George Jess Frost (Suffolk Regiment) dies of injuries received several days ago at age 22 after having his right leg amputated earlier today. Several days earlier he was demonstrating an experimental bomb and when he threw it the bomb did not reach the trench at which he was aiming but it fell short and fell on a parapet. He then rushed forward to place it in the trench for safety but the bomb exploded blowing off his right hand and shattering his right leg. His brother will be killed in July 1916.
Today’s losses include:
- The second great great grandson of a Ngapuhi Chief to be killed in the Great War
- The son of a General
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple men who will have a brother killed in the Great War
- A man whose son will lose his life in the Second World War
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
A tribal attack on Bushire is again defeated. Major William Herbert Penningnton (Indian Cavalry) is killed in in the attack at age 45. He is the son of the late General ‘Sir’ Charles R Pennington KCB.
- Major Archibald Bellairs Higgon (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 35 on Gallipoli. His brother will be killed in July next year.
- Captain Rollo Daubigne Harvey (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 31. His brother will be killed in sixteen days and they are sons of Prebendary Francis Clyde Harvey Vicar of Hailsham.
- Lieutenant Robert Henry Wanklyn Cobbold (Rifle Brigade) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in January next year and they are sons of the Reverend Robert Russell Cobbold Rector of Hitcham.
- Sergeant Thomas Bird Dennis (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 24. His son will lose this life on service in February 1944.
- Private Albert Downes (Maori Infantry) dies on Malta at age 30 of enteric fever. He and his brother who was killed last month are great great grandsons of the Ngapuhi Chief Hongi Hiki.
- Private Arthur Turner (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds at home at age 23. He is the sons of the Reverend Thomas Henley Turner Rector of Chelwood.