Saturday 25 December 1915 – We Lost 211
The Western Frontier Force moves out today to attack the Senussi. The Senussi flee in the direction of Unjella and Bir Tunis having suffered 370 killed and 82 prisoners taken by the British in addition to the loss of many animals and much material. The Western Frontier Force has lost 14 other ranks killed and 3 officers and 47 ranks wounded.
Today’s losses include:
- The son of the speaker of the New Zealand Legislative Council
- The son of the Inspector of Constabulary Jamaica
- The son of an Admiral
- A man who has two brothers-in-law killed in the Great War
- Families that will lose two, three and four sons in the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major William Fitzgerald Levin (Wellington Mounted Rifles attached New Zealand Divisional Headquarters, Beach Commandant ANZAC) dies of wounds in Alexandria at age 36. He is the son in law of ‘Sir’ Charles John Johnston Kt Speaker of the New Zealand Legislative Council who will lose two sons later in the War.
- Major Nathaniel Bridges Tyrwhitt (London Regiment) is killed in action. He is the only son of the late Admiral P Tyrwhitt.
- Captain Harry Reid Thomas (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed as the first of three sons of Herbert T Thomas Inspector of Constabulary Jamaica who will be killed in the Great War while a fourth son will be killed in the crash of the airship R-38 in 1921.
- Captain Arnold Bosanquet Thompson (Royal Army Medical Corps) is killed at age 29. His brother will be killed in April 1918.
- Sergeant Richard Clayton (Highland Light Infantry) dies after being discharge for wounds at home. He is the second of four brothers who lose their lives in the Great War.
- Private George Mounsey Cartmel (West Yorkshire Regiment) is killed at age 25. His brother will be killed in June 1918.