Saturday 13 November 1915 – We Lost 194
Less than a month after escaping the Turks by taxiing 17 miles through their lines Captains T W White and F C C Yeats-Brown (Mesopotamian Half Flight) are captured after volunteering for a special operation. This is an attempt to isolate Baghdad by blowing up the main telegraph lines north and west of the city. After a long and dangerous flight to the target they find the lines running along a well-used road, rather than through the desert. At great risk they carry on and make a landing but they run into a telegraph pole. Under fire they manage to blow up the line and then attempt to escape by again ground running the damaged Farman across the desert. This time they fail and are taken prisoner. White’s book Guests of the Unspeakable is an account of his service in the East and his subsequent imprisonment.
The British 10th Division (Brigadier General Nicol) is ordered to hold the right flank on the Salonika front at Kosturino a small village in rocky country broken up by steep hills and ridges with little protection from the frost and high winds.
The liner Britannic is requisitioned by the Admiralty and officially completed as a hospital ship.
Today’s losses include:
- A Chaplain
- The son of a member of the clergy
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Chaplain Guy Cecil Ford (attached London Regiment) dies on service at age 38.
- Private Gilbert Bryan Francis (Wellington Regiment) dies of enteric fever on Malta at age 28. He is the son of the Reverend David Francis Vicar of Llandygwydd.