Monday 18 October 1915 – We Lost 272
The submarine E9 intercepts the Swedish cargo carrier Soederhamn carrying a load of Swedish wood to Germany. Despite setting off explosives in the engine room and having opened the bottom valves, the ship refuses to sink, perhaps floated by her cargo. The British finally give up and let the crew return on board from whence they manage to take the ship to port. Later this evening the E9 sinks the Swedish ship Pernambuco en route to Germany.
The 1st/4th Royal Scots move their position fifty yards along Argyle Street to the east. The 1st/5th Royal Scots move to West Beach on Suvla and sails for Mudros. The battalion has been replaced in the 29th Division by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment having received no drafts it is deemed too weak in numbers to be effectively used in the firing lines.
Today’s losses include:
- A man whose son will be born after his death
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Multiple men whose brother will also be killed in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Eric Frank Penn (Grenadier Guards) is killed in action at age 34. His wife will give birth to a son after his death and his brother was killed in February of this year.
- Lieutenant Ernest Cecil Lennox Robertson (London Regiment) is killed at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Arthur George Lennox Robertson.
- Sergeant Stanley Francis Moyce (London Regiment) is killed at age 21. His brother was killed last month.
- Corporal John Rennie Maxwell (Fife and Forfar Yeomanry) is killed in action on Gallipoli at age 23. His older brother will die of wounds in October 1918.