Thursday 4 November 1915 – We Lost 199
The transport Mercian is shelled off the Algerian coast. The Mercian is carrying approximately 500 members of the Lincolnshire Yeomanry of whom twenty three will be killed during the shelling including Captain Thomas Carew Trollope (3rd Baron Kesteven) (Lincolnshire Yeomanry) will die of wounds received the following day at Oran. He is 24 years old. Lance Corporal Harold Thomas Springthorpe (Lincolnshire Yeomanry) is also killed. He is an English International footballer who played for Northampton and Grimsby.
On Gallipoli a patrol is sent out by the Newfoundland Regiment under Lieutenant J J Donnelly which occupies a ridge midway between the trenches occupied by the enemy and those held by our forces. From this ridge the Turks have been causing trouble every night for some time. The patrol has scarcely reached the ridge before it is opposed by the enemy who outnumber our men by about seven to one. The sound of the firing from the ridge indicates to the Commanding Officer that our patrol is being attacked and suspecting that it is greatly outnumbered he immediately dispatches six men under Lieutenant Ross and Sergeant Green to reinforce the patrol. As this small party is slowly making its way across No Man’s Land it encounters a large party of Turks who are rapidly surrounding our men who are holding the ridge.
In the skirmish that follows only Sergeant W M Greene and Private R E Hynes escape without being wounded. The rapid fire that these two men deliver at close range completely deceives the Turks who greatly exceed them in numbers. The enemy finally retires to his own trenches and the attempt to surround the original patrol is foiled. This timely aid enables Lieutenant Donnelly and his men to hold the ridge all night, even though every man in the party has been wounded, some several times.
General Cunliffe’s Allied force attacks Banyo Mountain, Cameroon. One Company of the Nigerian Regiment under Captain Cedric Gray Bowyer-Smith (Gloucestershire Regiment attached) finds a weak point in the enemy lines and captures the summit of the mountain. However, a mist that had helped the British suddenly clears and Bowyer-Smith is killed by the enemy’s reserves and the remnants of his company are forced back down the mountain.
Lord Kitchener leaves England for the Dardanelles. General ‘Sir’ Charles Monro is appointed to command the Salonika Force, while ‘Sir’ William Birdwood is appointed to command the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.
Today’s losses include:
- The 3rd Baron Kesteven
- An England International footballer
- Multiple men who will have a brother killed in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Hugh Makins (London Regiment) is killed in action at age 34. His brother was killed in August of this year.
- Lieutenant Philip Anthony Brown (Durham Light Infantry) is killed in action at age 29. His brother will be killed in April 1917.