Tuesday 7 December 1915 – We Lost 425
The Siege of Kut el Amara which will eventually lead to the surrender of the town and its British/Indian garrison begins. The troops besieged in Kut are the 6th (Poona) Division of the Indian Army, composed of British and Indian units, and certain other small detachments. They number 3,152 British and 8,455 Indian officers and men, and about 3,500 followers. At Salonica the weather has improved and Brigadier General Nicol receives replacements from the newly arrived 20th Division. The Kosturino Ridge is held by 30 Brigade to the right of the ridge is 31 Brigade. At 14:30 a heavy bombardment precedes a limited attack on the Connaught Rangers which is stopped 60 yards from the defensive wire.
Lost at Salonica:
- Second Lieutenant Hubert Henry Lyster Richards (Connaught Rangers) is killed at age 23. He is the son of ‘Sir’ Henry Richards KBE KC the former Chief Justice of the High Court of North West Province of India.
- Lieutenant Roland Richards (Munster Fusiliers) is killed in the same action. He is the son-in-law of ‘Sir’ Walter Lovelace Clifford 4th Baronet
- Private George Turvill (Hampshire Regiment) is killed on Salonika at age 26. His brother will be killed in September 1917.
The advance on Dschang Mangas continues and both the main and flanking columns are subjected to considerable opposition. A small force of the Gold Coast Regiment under Captain Butler VC captures one the enemy machine guns and several thousand rounds of ammunition along with many valuable documents.
Today’s losses include:
- The son-in-law of a Baronet
- The son of the former Chief Justice of the High Court of the North West Province of India
- Multiple men whose brothers are killed in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Lieutenant William Ormesher (Royal Fusiliers) is killed at age 28 on Gallipoli. His cousin was killed two months earlier.
- Private Wilfred Hardman (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed in action on Gallipoli. He survived the sinking of the Royal Edward in August.