23rd April, 1915 (Friday)

BORN TODAY: in Augsburg, Bavaria – Fritz Pröll, metal worker, resistance fighter, concentration camp victim. Died 1944, aged 29.




DIED TODAY: Of blood poisoning, on board a French hospital ship at Skyros in the Aegean – Sub-Lieutenant Rupert Brooke, war poet.

 If I should die think only this of me;
That there’s a corner of some foreign field
That is forever England.

Dardanelles: A final “intelligence” report circulates at the British invasion HQ on the Greek island of Lemnos: “It is the general opinion that the Turks will offer an energetic resistance to our landing, but when once we are firmly established on the Peninsula it is thought possible that this opposition may crumble away …”


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