15th January, 1915 (Friday)

BORN TODAY: in Prospect, Adelaide – John Dowie, Australian sculptor, painter and teacher.



Receiving his officer’s commission today: Reginald William Gelme, a former pupil of Sydney Grammar school, destined to die of illness in Mesopotamia in 1916, and buried in Basra cemetery.


War at Sea: The French submarine Saphir sinks in the Dardanelles near the town of Çannakale. The crew swim for shore but Captain Fournier, with the French flag flying, remains with his vessel as it sinks under fire, and drowns, despite an attempt to rescue him.


Trouble with vermin: Australian Bert Smythe enjoys the company of the “Regimental Rat” at his camp in Egypt.





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