Thursday 23 September 1915 – We Lost 225

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Harold Thomas Cawley

Harold Thomas Cawley

Today’s losses include:

  • A Member of Parliament
  • The former Aide de Camp to a Major General
  • One of three sons of Baron Cawley to be killed in the Great War
  • A man whose nephew will be killed in the Second World War
  • Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties are:

  • Captain Harold Thomas Cawley MP (Manchester Regiment) is killed in action at age 37 on Gallipoli. He had been the Aide-de-Camp to Major General Major General W Douglas but had rejoined his Regiment less than two weeks prior due his desire to face the dangers of front line service being faced by his friends. He is the eldest son of the 1st Baron Cawley of Prestwich and he is a Liberal Member of Parliament for Heywood Division of south-east Lancashire having graduated with honours from New College, Oxford.  Prior to his death he sent a letter to his father which was not subject to military censorship reporting the mishandling of Dardanelles campaign. At the end of the letter he describes the use of hand grenades to kill fish drawing a picture of a dead fish at the end of the letter. His two brothers are also killed in the Great War, one in 1914 and one in 1918.  His nephew will be killed in Tunisia in 1943.
  • Private William Frank Hardy (Newfoundland Regiment) is killed at age 22 on Gallipoli. His brother will be killed in October 1916.
  • Private Frederick Ernest Ebsary (Royal Newfoundland Regiment) dies on service in Egypt at age 19. His brother will be killed in October 1916.
  • Private Charles Coulson (Welsh Fusiliers) is killed at age 22. His brother will be killed one week before the Armistice in November 1918.