Friday 15 October 1915 – We Lost 337
Great Britain and Montenegro declare war on Bulgaria.
Second Lieutenant Thomas Barnard Hankey (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is in charge of a party under instruction in throwing live grenades. A man who is throwing a grenade with a Noble lighter becomes nervous when the lighter goes off and drops the grenade at his feet. Second Lieutenant Hankey at once picks up the greande and throws it out of the trench. At the time there are four men in this section of the trench. This is the first of three such efforts that will lead to Lieutenant Hankey being awarded the Albert Medal.
Lance Corporal George Alderson AM (Durham Light Infantry) dies of injuries received the previous day at age 31 performing acts for which he will be awarded the Albert Medal posthumously.
Today’s losses include:
- An Albert Medal winner
- A man whose son was killed earlier in the war
- Two battalion commanders
- Families that will lose two or three sons in the Great War
- The grandson of the 1st Lord Belper
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Colonel Frederick Rennell Thackeray (Royal Field Artillery) dies on active service of pneumonia at age 52. His son was killed in action in April of this year.
- Lieutenant Colonel George Butler Stoney DSO (commanding 1st King’s Own Scottish Borderers) is killed in action at age 38. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Captain Charles Colwyn Rolph (Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 27. His brother was killed in August 1915.
- Lieutenant Colonel George Herbert Fowler (commanding 1st/8th Sherwood Foresters) dies of wounds received on 25th
- Lieutenant Everard Francis Sale Handford age 20 and his brother Captain Henry Basil Strutt Handford age 21 both of the Sherwood Foresters are killed in the attack on Hohenzollern Redoubt. They are grandsons of the 1st Lord Belper.
- Lieutenant Peter Gedge (Suffolk Regiment) is killed at age 24. He has two brothers who will lose their lives in the Great War. The first was killed in 1914 on HMS Amphion while the other will die of wounds in April 1917. They are sons of the Reverend Edmund Gedge Vicar of Marden.
- Private Thomas George Carter (Sherwood Foresters) is killed at age 19. His brother was killed last month.