Wednesday 24 November 1915 – We Lost 214
By this morning the 6th (Poona) Division has lost more than half its strength at Ctesiphon, which at only 8,500 men is well under establishment before the battle began. Townshend realizing that the situation is hopeless orders a withdrawal and the retreat is followed by the Turks and an epic retreat back to the defences of Kut-el-Amara is begun.
- Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Cecil Hamilton Smithett (commanding 76th Punjabis) dies of wounds at age 52. He served in Hazara in 1888.
- Major Warren Henry Wardell (Garhwal Rifles) is killed at age 48. He is the son of Major General W H Wardell and he served in Tirah 1897 and the South African War.
The Greek government accepts the Entente demands of the previous day.
Danish merchants and manufacturers conclude an agreement with the British government to restrict supplies to Germany.
Today’s losses include:
- A battalion commander
- The son of a Major General
- A man whose brother will be killed next September
- A 17-year old soldier whose cousin as killed last month
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Second Lieutenant Walter William Ball (Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 28 by a sniper while sighting a rifle onto a German working party. His brother will be killed next September.
- Private David Richards (South Staffordshire Regiment) is killed at age 17 when the Germans detonate a mine under his battalion’s positions at Gibson Crater, near Cuinchy. His cousin was killed last month.