Saturday 11 September 1915 – We Lost 164

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Joseph Simpson McKenzie Tombs

Joseph Simpson McKenzie Tombs

The 25th Australian Infantry Battalion lands at Gallipoli.  During the landing one man, Private Walter Fulcher, is wounded in the knee by a stray bullet.

By now the 11,000 troops of the 6th (Poona) Division have assembled at Ali Gharbi just north of Amara.

Today’s losses include:

  • A contributor to Punch and the drama critic to the Daily Post
  • A son of the Headmaster of Haverfordwest Grammar School
  • Multiple sons of members of the clergy
  • The son of a Justice of the Peace
  • Multiple families that will lose another son after today’s loss

 Today’s highlighted casualties are:

  • Lieutenant W P Key (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 19. He is the son of Deputy W H Key JP.
  • Lieutenant Leonard Williams (South Wales Borderers) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Lieutenant John Kenneth Brice-Smith (Lincolnshire Regiment) is killed at age 20. He is the son of the Reverend Brice-Smith Rector of Hameringham.
  • Second Lieutenant Joseph Simpson McKenzie Tombs (Royal Field Artillery) dies of wounds received four days earlier in action. He was a regular contributor to ‘Punch’ and dramatic critic to the ‘Daily Post’.  He is the son of the Headmaster of Haverfordwest Grammar School and his brother will die of illness on service next February.
  • Second Lieutenant Ian Duncan Munro (Army Cyclist Corps) is killed in action at age 30. He is the son of Duncan Munro, Minster of the United Free Church of Scotland.
  • Private Leslie George Whitbread (Manchester Regiment) dies at sea on HMHS Cawdor Castle off Spain age 23. He is the son of the Reverend George Whitbread.
  • Private Leonard Williams (South Wales Borderers) dies of wounds at age 20. His brother will be killed next month.
  • Private George Arthur Nicholas (Sussex Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will die of wounds in September 1917.
  • Private John Walters (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed in May 1916.