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31st March 1915

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The first passenger liner sunk during the war, the sinking of the RMS Falaba under the command of Capt. Davis would cause outrage on both sides of the Atlantic, The German submarine U28 under the command of Baron von Forstner was originally sighted flying the Royal Navy white ensign, as the German vessel approached the Falaba the white ensign was replaced by that of the German who signalled "Stop and abandon ship" this was ignored but a second signal "Stop or I will fire into you”. Was complied with. As was practiced at the time Forstner had allowed for the evacuation before sinking the ship, but when Falaba started sending wireless messages and distress rockets for help, Forstner cut short the time to evacuate the ship.  The Germans claimed that they allowed 23 minutes for evacuation; the British claimed that they were only given 7. Of the 151 passengers and crew of RMS Falaba 104 including her Captain died.

29th March 1915

It was announced on the back page of today’s paper that George William Webb an ex England footballer passed away. George played as an amateur for West Ham United as a centre- forward and was the stepson of George Hone, who was involved in the creation of Thames Ironworks and became a director of West Ham United. In the summer of 1912, George moved to Manchester City of the Football League First Division, but after two games, he fell out with the club when he discovered that a transfer fee had been paid to West Ham United, which went against his principles as an amateur. Part of the transfer deal also included the playing of a friendly game between West Ham and Manchester City at Upton Park in November 1912. Webb worked in the family toy manufacturing business and was a freemason. He died of consumption.

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On this day the British Dardanelles Squadron would suffer the loss of two Battleships, HMS. Irresistible, HMS. Ocean and a Battlecruiser.
HMS. Ocean
HMS. Ocean
HMS. Irresistible
HMS. Irresistible
HMS Inflexible (1907)
HMS Inflexible (1907)
The fleet was continuing its attacks on the Narrows forts of Çanakkale and Kilitbahirwas when the battleship HMS Irresistible was disabled by a mine, Ocean was sent in to tow her to safety but ran aground during the attempt, having freed herself and with the remaining crew members from HMS Irresistible on board Ocean herself struck a driftingmine and was abandoned. HMS Inflexible an Invincible-class battlecruiser under the command of Captain Richard Fortescue Phillimore would be the third victim of a mine explosion. As part of the first line of British ships attempting to suppress Turkish guns so minefields could be swept, Inflexible was under heavy fire and hit a number of times, sustaining a number of casualties among her crew. Having disengaged herself from the fight she hit a mine in Eren Keui Bay and had to be beached at the island of Bozcaada (Tenedos) to prevent her sinking.

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HMS Amethyst was today one hundred years ago hit by field artillery while involved in the Dardanelles Campaign. 22 members of the ships company were killed in the action, four more would succumb to their injuries later. George James Todd Captain of the Amethyst was mentioned in Naval Dispatch. “.....I desire also to bring to their Lordships’ notice the name of Commander G.J.Todd, “Amethyst.”

“Amethyst” was hit several times by large projectiles, and had her steering gear and engine-room telegraphs put out of action. Arrangements were quickly made to man the hand-steering wheel, and improvise engine-room communications. Both during and after the action Commander Todd was very ably assisted by Lieutenant James C.J. Soutter, Senior Lieutenant of “Amethyst,” who was indefatigable in his efforts."

13th March 1915

The BEF’s first independent offensive of the Great War on the Western Front the Battle of Neuve Chapelle is over. The press will hail the campaign a stunning success, decades later historians will regard it as a failure, as it didn’t achieve it’s over optimistic objectives. The reality though is this is modern twentieth century warfare, dirty, bloody and costly and the sum of all its parts will equal the final outcome. For Britain the casualties numbered nearly 11,000 killed, wounded, or missing, included in that number Corporal Noble whose actions on the 12 of March would be acknowledge by awarding him the Victoria Cross who would die on the 13th of the wounds he sustained.

12thMarch 1915

The Battle of Neuve Chapelle  Continues, as hopes are raised of a major breakthrough.  Private William Buckingham’s action in aiding British and German casualties while under heavy fire and despite is own injuries is awarded the Victoria Cross. Corporal William Anderson repelled a major counter attack and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions. Private Edward Barber played a significant role in capturing a German trench and is awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions. Sargeant-Major Harry Daniels and Corporal Cecil Noble each was awarded the Victoria Cross for their actions in attempting to cut trench wire while under heavy fire. Captain Charles Foss led a bombing party that led to the retaking of a German trench and over 140 prisoners was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions. Lance-Corporal Wilfred Fuller attacked a group of German soldiers and for his actions was awarded the Victoria Cross.  Lieutenant Cyril Martin for his efforts in holding up German reinforcements was awarded the Victoria Cross. Private Jacob Rivers in attacking German positions was awarded theVictoria Cross

11th March 1915

The Battle of Neuve Chapelle rages on with a further 700 plus British lives lost. HMS.Bayano is sunk by the German Submarine U27

10th March 1915

The first major set piece participation of the BEF begins at Neuve Chapelle. At 7.30 (local time) The British unleash a thirty minute bombardment by 340 mixed calibre artillery pieces. British and Indian troops overwhelm elements of the single German sixth army division in residence. In less than four hours the village of Neuve Chapelle was largely in British hands.Rifleman Gobar Sing Negi would be awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions.  
British forces suffer over 1,000 killed in action

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