Tuesday 23 November 1915 – We Lost 260

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Alfred George Drake VC

Alfred George Drake VC

On the second morning of the Battle of Ctesiphon a weak Turkish attempt to counter-attack fails.  They try again in strength at night but again the British defence holds.

Lord Herbert Horatio Kitchener advises the government to withdraw all troops from Anzac and Suvla and warns them that casualties could be high in doing so.

Heavy losses are inflicted on the enemy at Yaunde in Cameroon.

British military operations against the Senussi commence.  Es Sollum is evacuated.

Near the hamlet of La Brique a patrol of four men of the Rifle Brigade is reconnoitering towards the German lines when it is discovered close to the enemy who open fire with rifles and machine guns wounding the officer and one of the men. The latter is carried back to our lines by one of the unwounded men while the other Corporal Alfred George Drake stays with his officer bandaging his wounds in spite of the enemy’s fire. Later a rescue party finds the officer alive and bandaged but Corporal Drake is dead, his body riddled with bullets. For saving the life of his officer Corporal Drake will be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. The officer Lieutenant (later Captain) Henry Tryon will be killed on 15th September next year.

The Entente Powers send a note to the Greek government demanding non-interference with Allied troops, and guaranteeing eventual restoration of occupied Greek territory.

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A son of the 5th Earl of Antrim
  • A former Private Secretary to the Prime Minister at the turn of the century
  • The son of a member of the clergy
  • A 16-year old soldier
  • Men who will lose one and two brothers in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Major the Honorable ‘Sir’ Schomberg Kerr McDonnell KCB GCVO (Cameron Highlanders) dies of wounds at age 54. He is the son of the 5th Earl of Antrim. He is a veteran of the South Africa War and served as Private Secretary fo the Prime Minister 1888 to 1902.
  • Captain Geoffrey Barham Johnson (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Henry Barham Johnson.
  • Private Norman Crowther (Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed in action by a bullet in the lungs while he is stepping down from a sentry post. He is killed at age 16.
  • Private William Arthur Cook (Norfolk Regiment) is killed in action at age 30. He is the eldest of five brothers who serve in the Great War, two of whom are killed.
  • Rifleman Walter Frank Fowler (Rifle Brigade) dies of wounds at age 28. His brother will be killed in March 1918.