Wednesday 10 November 1915 – We Lost 232

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Harold William Medlicott

Harold William Medlicott

Lieutenant Harold William Medlicott (Royal Flying Corps) a 5-victory ace and his observer Second Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown fly a reconnaissance to Valenciennes when they are shot down northwest of Bapaume and made prisoners.  Lieutenant Medlicott will be shot after being re-captured after his tenth escape in May 1918, while Lieutenant Brown will be exchanged to Switzerland in January 1917. He will go on to navigate the first airplane to cross the Atlantic with Captain John Alcock to win the 10,000 pound prize offered by the London Daily Mail in on 14th/15th June 1919.

The Turks fire three aerial torpedoes at the composite 1/4th and 1/7th Royal Scots, but cause no damage.  The 1/1st Ayrshire Yeomanry is attached for instruction.

Lord Kitchener arrives at the Dardanelles.

Indian Corps begin to leave France for Mesopotamia.

The Ship Licensing Committee and the Requisitioning (Carriage of Foodstuffs) Committee are both formed.

The Order in Council prohibits voyages between foreign ports except under license and authorizes the requisition of ships for carriage of foodstuffs.

Today’s losses include:

  • The 8th Baron Vernon
  • A former Honorary Attache at Constantinople
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • Son of a Major General
  • A man whose brother will die on service in 1918

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Captain George Francis Augustus Venables-Vernon (Derbyshire Yeomanry) dies of dysentery at Malta contracted on Gallipoli at age 27. He is the 8th Baron Vernon. He is a former Honorary Attaché at Constantinople in 1908 and was attached to the Legation at Munich from 1909 until the outbreak of the war.
  • Lieutenant James Richardson Spensley (Royal Army Medical Corps attached East Kent Regiment) is killed in action at age 47. He is the son of the Reverend William Spensley.
  • Lieutenant Campbell Lindsay-Smith (Gordon Highlanders) is killed in action at age 36. He is the son of the late Major General John Smith.
  • Private John Parkhouse (North Devon Hussars) is killed at age 21.His brother will die in April 1918.