15 March 1919 We Lost 135
While some Turkish prisoners of war are bathing at Beirut, Lebanon under the guard of British soldiers, one of them gets into difficulties. Two members of the escort go to his assistance but fail to rescue him. On hearing of the man’s danger Trumpeter Mangal Sain (Indian Lancers) at once swims out through the surf and eventually with great difficulty brings him to shore. Shortly afterwards two British soldiers who are bathing are seen to have been caught in a current and to be in danger of drowning and Mangal Sain, although still exhausted from his rescue of the first man again swims out to the assistance of the two others. He succeeds in bringing one man ashore and then immediately starts without hesitation to the rescue of the other soldier. He is, however, called back, as it is seen that the man has drifted so far out that it is impossible to save him. Both men who are rescued are in the last state of collapse and inevitabley would have drowned had it not been for the gallantry displayed by Mangal Sain who incurred great risk in rendering the services, owing to the violent surf and dangerous currents beyond. For his efforts Mangal Sain will be awarded the Albert Medal.
Today’s losses include:
- A retired Admiral whose son was killed in the Great War
- The son of a member of the clergy
- Two families that will lose two sons to the Great War
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Admiral (ret) Herbert Lyon CB (Royal Navy) dies of illness. His son was killed commanding the destroyer HMS Marmion when it was in a collision in October 1917.
- Captain John Severn Fuller (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service in Hong Kong at age 23. He is the son of the Richard Henry Fuller Rector of Emmanuel Loughborough.
- Driver A Bosher (Royal Field Artillery) dies on service at age 35. His brother was killed in September 1915.
- Private Leon N Chaloner (Motor Transport Army Service Corps) dies of malaria at age 28. His brother was killed in August 1916.