Sunday, 6 March 2016

Remembering 6th March 1915



I am certain that none of the individuals listed below could ever have believed that they would be destined to be forever united with each other. And yet they all share the unhappy distinction of losing their lives on the 6th March 1915, one hundred and one years ago today.


There is certainly a mixture of service and nationalities represented here: men of the regular army, men of the special reserve, Kitchener recruits, men from the Dominions. Of particular interest to me is Gefreiter Gustav Nowak of the German Army who is buried in the Ukamas cemetery in Namibia; an enemy of the allies but buried by and remembered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Also dying on this day, Nursing Sister Louisa Jordan of the Scottish Women's Hospital who is buried in the Chela Kula Military Cemetery in Nis, Serbia (above).


By First World War standards, 6th March 1915 was a quiet day for the allies. Nevertheless, 128 men and one woman gave their lives this day and are remembered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission from where the following list is taken.


1705 Sapper Ahmad Khan, 1st King George's Own Sappers and Miners
7801 Private W Ainslie, 3rd Bn, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
12166 Private Robert Ashton, 1st Bn, Cheshire Regiment
9223 Bandsman W A Atherton, 2nd Bn, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
13/897 Private Charles Wilford Baker, "C" Coy, 13th Bn, East Yorkshire Regiment
10638 Private R O Barefoot, 1st Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment
G/6350 Private P C Barker, 1st Bn, Middlesex Regiment
9279 Rifleman William Henry Bateman, 3rd Bn, King's Royal Rifle Corps
2625 Corporal John William Beal, 2nd/5th Bn, Essex Regiment
Second Lieutenant Percy Latham Beck, Royal Engineers
3136 Rifleman Bhawansing Khattri, 1st Bn, 9th Gurkha Rifles
3/75182 Private A E Blackwell, 2nd Bn, Devonshire Regiment
L/10242 Private J E Bowen, 2nd Bn, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
9764 Private L W Bowman, 3rd Bn, Canadian Infantry
61693 Gunner A R A Branton, 33rd Bty, Royal Field Artillery
11305 Private Joseph Napier Story Brewis, 1st Bn, South Wales Borderers
5231 Private James Briggs, 2nd Bn, Border Regiment
2231 Private William Herbert Brisco, 1st/4th Bn, South Lancashire Regiment
7939 Private E Brown, 2nd Bn, Suffolk Regiment
1401 Private S Bruce, Royal Army Medical Corps
8490 Serjeant S Bruce, 2nd Bn, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
1120 Private John Francis Burke, 10th Bn, Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
518 Corporal S W Burns, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)
4589 Private S Burton, 2nd Bn, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
PLY/16198 Private Joseph Garth Butterworth, Plymouth Bn, R,N, Div, Royal Marine Light Infantry
1295 Gunner Duncan Cameron, 4th Highland Mountain Bde, Royal Garrison Artillery
4436 Private J W Clark, 1st Bn, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
2336 Rifleman Basil Heathcote Clarke, 1st/9th Bn, London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles)
R/5128 Rifleman George Clarke, 13th Bn, King's Royal Rifle Corps
17651 Private Abel Clifford, 11th Bn, Gloucestershire Regiment
1405 Private Alfred Coldicott, 4th Bn, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
8896 Private George Collins, 2nd Bn, East Surrey Regiment
18028 Private J Comrie, 3rd Bn, Canadian Infantry
695 Sergeant Harry Connor, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)
2498 Lance Corporal James Cooke, "D" Coy, 2nd Bn, Royal Irish Fusiliers
15445 Private John William Cooke, 1st Bn, Gloucestershire Regiment
503 Serjeant William Coulthard, 4th/5th Lowland Bde, Royal Field Artillery
9426 Private J W Croft, 3rd Bn, Canadian Infantry
16278 Private Arthur William Dawson, 3rd Bn, Norfolk Regiment
7883 Gunner Charles Dempster, 73rd Bde, Royal Field Artillery
1871 Corporal Ralph A. Y. Dick, 4th Bn, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
11724 Private Stanley John Dickeson, 2nd Bn, Worcestershire Regiment
10444 Private Charles Dobson, 1st Bn, Cheshire Regiment
512 Serjeant Alfred Dray, 2nd (Home Counties) Field Coy, Royal Engineers
3178 Private Albert James Drew, 83rd Field Amb, Royal Army Medical Corps Clyde
4/2038 Able Seaman Thomas Richard Duffy, HMS "Vivid," Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
8603 Lance Corporal E Eddy, 2nd Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers
6209 Private Thomas Rawson Finnie, 2nd Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
9854 Private J Fitzpatrick, 1st Bn, Royal Berkshire Regiment
60876 Gunner William John Francis, 99th Bty, Royal Field Artillery
11704 Private Fred Garner, 1st Bn, Cheshire Regiment Reiter Richard Gauwerke German Army
12110 Private W George, 8th Bn, Welsh Regiment 8897 Private Alfred Ernest Glithero 1st Bn, Worcestershire Regiment
T1/SR/999 Corporal George Gordon, 11th Reserve Park Army Service Corps
10223 Private George Green, 1st Bn, Cheshire Regiment
Midshipman John Stanley Griffiths, HMS "Triumph," Royal Naval Reserve
3219 Private Haman Yola, Nigeria Regiment, W.A.F.F.
9738 Private T H Harding, 1st Bn, Cheshire Regiment
7630 Private Herbert Harvey, 1st Bn, Leicestershire Regiment
2147 Private G Hazelton, 4th Bn, Suffolk Regiment
8146 Private T W Hickson, 2nd Bn, Cheshire Regiment
J/34982 Boy 2nd Class G E G Holt, HMS "Ganges," Royal Navy
2351 Rifleman William Hoskin, 1st/9th Bn, London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles)
1116 Private Maurice Gurney Jameson, Honourable Artillery Company
T/32670 Driver C W J Jerome, 2nd Coy, 2nd Div, Train Army Service Corps
810 Corporal F Jervis, 9th Bn, London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles)
2989 Rifleman Samuel Johnson, 1st Bn, King's Royal Rifle Corps
G/913 Private C Jones, 2nd Bn, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
2883 Private Osmond Jones, 2nd Bn, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Nursing Sister Louisa Jordan, Scottish Women's Hospital
395 Private Kadai Sokoto, Nigeria Regiment, W.A.F.F.
7557 Private B Kaye, 2nd Bn, Essex Regiment
Second Lieutenant Arthur St. Clair Kennedy, 3rd Bn, Royal Dublin Fusiliers
7981 Private Ernest Kirk, 1st Bn, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
1524 Private Robert Logan, 2nd Bn, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
10801 Private Thomas Loughlin, 1st Bn, South Wales Borderers
8237 Private William Martin, 2nd Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
7085 Corporal Frank Mccarthy, 1st Bn, Cheshire Regiment
3/2622 Private H Mcquade, 1st Bn, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
S/10483 Private James French Milligan, 1st Bn, Cameron Highlanders
18283 Corporal Joseph Henry Mills, 54th Field Coy, Royal Engineers
49 Follower Indore Murat, Imperial Service Indore Transport Corps
3/7233 Private J Murray, 1st Bn, Seaforth Highlanders
58291 Gunner F Newell, 99th Bty, Royal Field Artillery
1197 Lance Serjeant Frank Norbury, 1st/5th Bn, Cheshire Regiment
11063 Private Alfred Norton, 2nd Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Gefreiter Gustav Nowak, German Army
616 Private Thomas Park, 8th Bn, Royal Scots
2852 Private James Paterson, 1st Bn, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
4751 Private Frank Charles Plumbley, 1st Bn, Hampshire Regiment
2211 Private Ernest Porter, 5th Bn, Leicestershire Regiment
2166 Private G Price, "C" Coy, 5th Bn, Royal Sussex Regiment
23800 Private Charles Edward Prue, 20th Bn, The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
PLY/125(S) Private Harry Richard Purssord, Plymouth Bn, RN Div, Royal Marine Light Infantry
6209 Private Thomas Rawson, 2nd Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
3/6199 Serjeant Frederick Reid, 1st Bn, Dorsetshire Regiment
G/1149 Private P Remnant, 2nd Bn, Royal Sussex Regiment
12459 Private Barclay Rhodes, 2nd Bn, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
3/2692 Private W Robb, 1st Bn, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
11526 Private Richard Robinson, 1st Bn, Cheshire Regiment
3163 Rifleman Khattri Sawansing, 1st Bn, 9th Gurkha Rifles
S/690 Private William Herbert Scales, 2nd Bn, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
67963 Private Edgar Schofield, 25th Bn, Canadian Infantry
3151 Serjeant George Seal, No,9 Supernumerary Coy, 20th Bn, London Regiment
9743 Private G W Shea, 3rd Bn, Canadian Infantry
1394 Private C W T Sheppard, 1st/7th Bn, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
68 Gunner Arthur Smith, 13th Bty, Canadian Field Artillery
M2/049131 Private F G Smith, 133rd Coy, Army Service Corps
Second Lieutenant Leslie Phillips Smith, Royal Garrison Artillery
Y/602 Rifleman W H Smith, 3rd Bn, King's Royal Rifle Corps
9453 Private E C Stagg, 2nd Bn, Cheshire Regiment
10685 Private W T Stead, 1st Bn, Cheshire Regiment
L/14612 Lance Corporal G Taylor, 3rd Bn, Royal Fusiliers
16/477 Corporal Mikaera Te Moananui, New Zealand Pioneer Battalion
2200 Sepoy Tek Ram, 10th Jats
611 Lance Corporal Michael Joseph Tierney, 5th Australian Light Horse
23400 Private Russell Trudgill, 12th Bn, The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
65044 Driver Henry Morris Verney, Royal Field Artillery
9078 Lance Serjeant Arthur Walker, 7th Bn, Lincolnshire Regiment
6529 Sapper James Ward, No,1 Siege Coy, Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers
Captain Henry Trelss Watson, 3rd Bn, The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
6814 Private John Whalley, 1st Bn, Dorsetshire Regiment
8663 Private C Widdop, 2nd Bn, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)
8075 Private Thomas John Willats, 1st Bn, South Wales Borderers
11965 Private J Williams, 6th Bn, South Lancashire Regiment
52 Corporal Barzillai Cornelius Winter, 1st (South Midland) Field Coy, Royal Engineers
9630 Private J Woodford, 2nd Bn, East Lancashire Regiment
29 Rifleman Cuthbert Fredrick Young, 5th Bn, London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade)


At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.


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