16th February 1915 (Shrove Tuesday)

BORN TODAY: in Klerksdorp in the Transvaal – Elisabeth Françoise Eybers, South African poet, awarded “The Order of Ikhamanga in Gold” for “breaking through the gender barriers and exceptionally contributing to the literature genre of poetry, especially reflecting on gender issues, and raising awareness about the evils of the apartheid system”.[South African government website].



Western Front: In the English Channel/ French La Manche, Squadron Commander Ivon Courtney is leading his squadron in the combined landplane and seaplane operations against German submarine bases in the Bruges – Ostend – Zeebrugge region.


Society and Culture:  Clementine Churchill, Baroness Spencer-Churchill, aged 30, wife of Sir Winston Churchill, poses for a photographic portrait.




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