BORN TODAY: in five schools in north east Surrey and (what is now) south west London – the Croydon War Hospital, under the command of Colonel Morris and staffed by 80 nurses, “many of whom were members of the local Voluntary Aid Detachments. (However, at one time, the entire nursing staff consisted of nurses from Australia.) “
War at Sea: off the coast of Kent, the British destroyer HMS Lightning strikes a mine, which splits it in half, sending its bow section and 15 of its crew to a watery grave.
Gallipoli: Australian soldiers, pinned to their positions for many weeks since the initial Gallipoli landing, are praying for rain. Herbert Reynolds records in his diary: “At about 9pm a thunder storm passed over but we got very little rain, a good fall of rain now would be welcome as we are depending on the water from the boats for our supply, the holes in the gullies are all dry and there is no water other than that in our vicinity except salt sea water.”
Turkish Armenia: In the city of Tarsus in the south east of Turkey, a foreign resident confides in a diary: “Half the town want to ‘store’ things here, to be ours if they [ie – Armenian deportees] never return; rugs, coppers, etc.—but we may be blown up, who knows?”