Friday 22 October 1915 – We Lost 213
While flying over Turkish entrenchments at Zeur in Mesopotamia the Renault engine of the airplane of Captains T W White and F C C Yeats-Brown DFC begins to cough and sputter leaving the plane without power and they land behind enemy lines. They discover the engine still has life but not enough power to take off. They make their way through enemy territory throwing up plumes of dust from the propeller for 17 miles until the engine picks up power again and they take off and return to their base.
The Machine Gun Corps is made official part of the British Army by an Army Order of the day.
Today’s losses include:
- A Battalion Commander
- A Justice of the Peace
- A son of the 2nd Baron de Ramsey
- The son-in-law of the 14th Baron Inchiquin
- A cousin of Winston Churchill
- Multiple families that will lose another son in the Great War
- The son of the Chief Judge of Native Land Court in New Zealand
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Stoney Smith DSO (commanding 1st Leicestershire Regiment) is killed at age 47.
- Major George Frederick Molineux-Montgomerie JP (Grenadier Guards) is killed at age 46.
- Captain ‘The Honorable’ Coulson Churchill Fellowes (Life Guards) dies of illness at home contracted in the trenches 10 months earlier at age 32. He is the eldest son of the 2nd Baron and Lady de Ramsey and son-in-law of the 14th Baron Inchiquin and the cousin of Winston Churchill.
- Private Ernest Wakeling (Essex Regiment) dies of wounds received in action at age 18. His brother Percy died of wounds in January.
- Private Norman Heal (Devonshire Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed in April 1917.
- Private Edgar Noble Jones (London Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother will be killed in September 1916 and they are sons of Robert Noble Jones Chief Judge of the Native Land Court in New Zealand.