Saturday 23 October 1915 – We Lost 387
The Hired Transport Marquette is torpedoed and sunk by the U-35 fifty-seven and a half kilometers south from Salonika Bay as she carries the 29th Division Ammunition Column and the New Zealand Stationary Hospital. A total of 167 are killed in the sinking including 128 troops, 10 Nurses and 29 crew members. Among those killed are Private James Samuel Bird (New Zealand Army Medical Corps) whose brother will be killed next September and Staff Nurse Nona Mildred Hildyard (New Zealand Army Nursing Service) who is the sister-in-law of the headmaster of Waimate District High School.
Submarine E8 sinks the German cruiser SMS Prinz Adalbert in the Baltic when a torpedo strikes a magazine. Six hundred seventy-two are killed.
Today’s losses include:
- A brother of Lawrence of Arabia
- The son of a Baronet
- A relative of the novelist Walter Scott
- A sister-in-law of the Headmaster of Waimate District High School
- The son of a member of the clergy
- A Scotland International footballer
- A Hearts of Midlothian footballer
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Henry Walter Trelawny (Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry) is killed at age 20. He is the son of Reverend Francis Edward Trelawny.
- Lieutenant Walter Dixon Scott (Royal Field Artillery) dies of dysentery at age 34 on a hospital ship off Gallipoli. His father’s family is connected with the famous novelist Walter Scott and he made his living as a stringer for various newspapers and magazines primarily the Liverpool Courier.
- Second Lieutenant William George Lawrence (Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry attached Royal Flying Corps) is killed at age 26. His brother was killed earlier this year and they are brothers of Thomas Edward Lawrence of Arabia. They are sons of Thomas Robert Tighe Chapman 7th
- Corporal Thomas Gracie (Royal Scots) dies of pneumonia and leukemia at Glasgow shortly after being called to the forces at age 26. He is a player for the Hearts of Midlothian Football Club and he set a club record scoring twenty-eight goals in 1914 and tied for the leading scorer in the Scottish Football League that year. He also earned an International Cap against the Irish League earlier this year. His brother John and brother-in-law will also be killed this year.