Tuesday 14 December 1915 – We Lost 219
Flight Sub Lieutenant Charles Walter Graham and his observer (gunner) Flight Sub Lieutenant Arthur Strachan Ince (Royal Naval Air Service) attack and shoot down a German seaplane off the Belgian coast. Engine problems force them to ditch in the North Sea but they are rescued. Lieutenant Graham will be killed in an accident at home next September.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple families that will lose two sons
- A suicide victim
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Captain Cuthbert John Hamilton Clibborn (Royal Horse Artillery) is killed at age 32. His brother will be killed next April.
- Lieutenant Martin Kirke Smith (Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery) is killed in action at age 30. He is the son of the Reverend Arnold Smith Rector of Boxworth who has two other sons who will serve in and survive the Great War.
- Second Lieutenant Cedric Pache Christie (Liverpool Regiment) dies of wounds at age 23. He is the son of the Reverend Barry Edwin Christie.
- Corporal Reginald Walpole Ellwood (Norfolk Yeomanry) dies of wounds off Gallipoli at age 26. His brother will be killed in August 1918.
- Lance Corporal William Matthews (Rifle Brigade) commits suicide at age 27 while at home to attend his brother’s funeral.
- Gunner Roy Cameron Watson (New Zealand Field Artillery) is killed. His brother will be killed next October.