Friday 26 November 1915 – We Losts 206

by greatwarliveslost

On Gallipoli the day begins as a bitter cold day, with a northeasterly wind augmenting its severity. In the afternoon the wind grows much stronger, assuming the proportions of a gale, with heavy sleet.  The wind continues to strengthen and in the evening is accompanied by thunder and a violent downpour of rain. So suddenly are the trenches turned into rushing rivers that the men have to jump from them, leaving food, trench coats and rifles behind. In many trenches men are left standing waist high in water.  Parapets cave in and entire trench systems are wiped out.  During the night the rain turns into sleet which comes down with a cutting force. The mud freezes. The biting, northerly wind increases, striking with a vicious force the drenched troops, many of whom are now without overcoats or food.

Company C 1st/6th Gloucestershire Regiment mounts a raid on enemy trenches near the corner of Gommecourt Wood. Led by Captain V L Young the raid begins shortly at 01:00.  Two parties, one on the right led by Lieutenant Thomas Tannatt Pryce a future Victoria Cross winner who will be killed performing the deeds that will win him the award, and another party on the left led by Lieutenant J M C Badgeley emerges from their trenches. The raid captures a prisoner who reports that the German trench garrison is 180 strong and that many must have been killed during the opening barrage.  At least eight German dead are counted while the raiders lose two men killed, 20 wounded including both Lieutenants.  The dead are Lance Corporal John William Kilburn who dies of wounds at age 29 and Corporal David James who is sent back from the trenches with a message to the signalers and is never seen again. He dies at age 28.  Lieutenants Badgeley and Pryce will both be awarded the Military Cross for this raid. Lance Corporal H W Moore will be awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for showing great bravery in entering shelters full of the enemy and clearing them with his bombs. When he has no more bombs he fights his way with his fists through a group of Germans in order to carry an order to retire to a blocking group which has been cut off. Private W J Redmore will also be awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for showing great bravery in hand-to-hand fighting and he is the last man to leave the enemy trench. As he is leaving he finds a corporal in the bottom of the trench wounded in the leg.  He lifts him out and carries him through the German wire and brings him into safety.

HMT Tringa (Master Edward Sewill Cunningham age 45) is sunk in the Mediterranean by the German submarine U33. Three are killed including her Master.