Tuesday 19 October 1915 – We Lost 293

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Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

The E9 continues its successes when it catches the Johannes Russ carrying a load of coal. Again the ship refuses to sinks but this time she is left to drift. Eventually there is a large explosion and she sinks. Later this morning the E9 finds the German steamer Dalalfven laden with coal bound for Sweden. During the attack a Swedish destroyer arrives on the scene and the British commander, Max Horton, orders the Swedish ship to stay away stating “We are on international water and I am going to sink this ship.”  The Swedes oblige and rescue the crew after Horton puts a torpedo in her that sends the German to the bottom.

Great Britain announces it will no longer consider Czechs and Slovaks enemy aliens.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross Winner
  • A Battalion Commander
  • A Scottish Hockey International
  • A man whose son will be killed in the Second World War

Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Frederick George Howard DSO MVO (commanding 57th Field Company Royal Engineers) is killed at age 43.
  • Captain Lynedoch Archibald Mackenzie (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds on a hospital ship off Gallipoli at age 31. He played for five years in the Scottish International Hockey XI. His son will lose his life in the Second World War.
  • Corporal Leonard James Keyworth VC (London Regiment) is killed in action at Abbeville at age 21. On 25/26 May at Givenchy after a successful assault on the German position by his battalion a bombing attack was launched in the course of which 58 out 75 became casualties. During this very fierce encounter Lance Corporal Keyworth stood fully exposed to the enemy for two hours on the top of their parapet and three about 150 bombs amongst the Germans who were only a few yards away. For his actions on this day he was awarded the Victoria Cross.