Saturday 18 September 1915 – We Lost 217
Corporal James Drummond Burns (Australian Infantry) is killed when shot by a sniper on Gallipoli at age 19. He is the son of Reverend Hugh MacLeod Burns. He wrote the following which will be published in a newspaper at home. He never did see England.
O England, I heard the cry of those who have died for thee
Sounding like an organ voice across the winter sea
They lived and died for England and gladly went their way
England O England – How could I stay
Today’s losses include:
- Two families that will lose a total of four sons in the Great War
- Two sons of members of the clergy
- A man whose brother will be killed in 1917
Today’s highlighted casualties are:
Skipper John Charles Phillips (HM Trawler Lydian Royal Naval Reserve) and his crew of seven are killed when the trawler is mined and sunk off South Foreland. Among those lost is Seaman William MacLeod (Royal Naval Reserve) age 28. He is the second of four brothers who are lost in the war.
- Captain Francis Arthur James (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action on Gallipoli at age 29. A brother was killed on Gallipoli in June while two more brothers will be killed before the end of August next year. They are sons of the Reverend Charles Henry James Vicar of Haigh.
- Gunner Frank Sheffield (Royal Field Artillery) is killed at age 21. His brother will be killed in August 1917.