Monday 29 November 1915 – We Lost 286

by greatwarliveslost

The great winter storm on Suvla abates as quickly as it started.  The Twenty-ninth Division has lost two-thirds of its strength.  Total casualties as a result of the storm are placed in the range of thirty thousand, of whom ten thousand are unable to perform further service.  It is almost impossible to imagine that such a disastrous storm, which has caused so much suffering and so many deaths, can have any good result.  But the entire army welcomes one effect of the storm.  The dysentery, which, for several months, has taken close on a thousand victims a day, stops immediately, and is no longer a cause of further casualties.

Today’s losses include:

  • The middle of three sons of a member of the clergy
  • An Australian Rules footballer
  • The son of another member of the clerty
  • An International footballer
  • Two men who will have a brother killed in the Great War

 Today’s highlighted casualties include:

  • Lieutenant Alexander Popham Spurway (Royal Navy HMS Victory) dies of illness. He is the middle of three sons of the Reverend Edward Popham Spurway who will lose their lives in the Great War.
  • Lieutenant Andrew Christopher Fogarty (Australian Infantry) is killed by a shell explosion at age 29. The Australian Rules Footballer scored 12 goals in 28 games in four years of playing.
  • Second Lieutenant Vernon E Owen (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) dies of wounds received at Festubert at age 22. He is the son of the Reverend Thomas E Owen of the Vicarage, Blaenau-Festiniog Merthioneth.
  • Private Walter Dyer (Norfolk Regiment) is killed at age 23. His brother will be killed next September after only two weeks at the front.
  • Second Lieutenant Vincent McNamara (Royal Engineers) dies of wounds on Gallipoli at age 24. He is an International Footballer.
  • Sergeant James Henry Moss (Hertfordshire Regiment) dies in his sleep after a long march near Bethune. His brother will be killed in action in November 1916.