Saturday 4 December 1914 – We Lost 235
Fresh British troops are landed with supplies at Salonica.
Lord Kitchener attends a War Conference at Calais.
Second Lieutenant Thomas Barnard Hankey (King’s Royal Rifle Corps) is in charge of a party under instructions in throwing live grenades when a man pulls the pin from a grenade and throws it straight into the parapet. Second Lieutenant Hankey at once picks up the grenade and throws it over the parapet. At the time there are four men in the throwing pit. For this action and two others this year, including one in two days, Lieutenant Hankey will be awarded the Albert Medal.
Today’s losses include:
- A son of a Surgeon General
- A man who enlisted very early in the war
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant Frederick John Christison (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) is killed at age 20. He is the son of Surgeon General ‘Sir’ Alexander Christison Baronet.
- Private Benjamin George Oakley (Bedfordshire Regiment) dies of wounds. He enlisted in August 1914 and was among the first fifteen in Leverstock Green to sign on within the first fortnight of the recruiting campaign.