1st February 1915 (Monday)

BORN TODAY: in Seymour Street, Wellington, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England –  Sir Stanley Matthews CBE, “footballer and gentleman”. [commemorative plaque on the wall of number 89].




Eastern Front: At the (continuing) Battle of Bolimov, the German ninth army advances six miles today against Russian forces, before being driven back the same distance by the Russians. The total human “cost” for this movement is 20,000 german losses and 40,000 russians. Sixty thousand men.  [Burg & Purcell].

Irish valour:

The first ever British (Irish) soldier to receive the Victoria Cross (for his bravery in the Crimea in the 1850s), Major General Luke O’Connor, originally from Elphin in County Roscommon, dies today – aged 84 – in London.


Also today, Lance Corporal Michael O’Leary, originally from Cork, single-handedly captures two german machine gun posts at Cuinchy in northern France, subsequently receiving the Victoria Cross for his bravery.