15th September 1915 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY: in Bradford, England – Private Eric Anderson, VC, Idle driver, and later heroic stretcher-bearer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Anderson_(VC)

 

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2nd September 1915 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY: in the old clubhouse at Prince’s Golf Course, Sandwich Bay in Kent, England – Percy Belgrave “Laddie” Lucas, CBE, DSO and Bar, DFC. Stowe, Cambridge Golf Blue, Royal Air Force, brother-in-law of Mrs Douglas Bader, Conservative Member of Parliament, Sunday Express columnist and Walker Cup Captain. In short: so frightfully British you couldn’t make it up.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laddie_Lucas

31st August 1915 (Tuesday)

War!

DIED TODAY: Europe’s first ever parachutist (in 1913), Adolphe Celestin Pegoud – shot down by his former student, Unteroffizier Kandulski.

http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/france/pegoud.php

BORN TODAY: Hauptmann Adolf Vogt of the German Wehrmacht, Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross .

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Vogt

An update from Cairo:  Intelligence officer T.E. Lawrence writes home to his family:  he has heard that the weather in Britain has been terrible; he sends a request for a book search for him at Blackwell’s bookshop; and, today being his mother’s birthday, he speculates that “For the next one there will probably be peace”. 

http://www.telstudies.org/writings/letters/1915-16/150831_family.shtml

5th August 1915 (Thursday)

BORN TODAY: in Mannheim, Germany – Major Helmut Paul Emil Wick, Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Luftwaffe Ace. At time of his death he was credited with bringing down 56 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, making him the leading German fighter pilot at the time. Shot down and killed in the vicinity of the Isle of Wight on 28th November 1940, aged 25, leaving a widow, a son aged 1, and a daughter not yet born.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helmut_Wick

25th July 1915 (Sunday)

BORN TODAY: in Hull, Massachusetts – Lieutenant Joseph Patrick “Joe” Kennedy, Jr., the first of nine children born to American businessman, investor, and government official Joseph P Kennedy (Sr) and Rose Fitzgerald. Joe junior was killed in action during a “top a secret mission” in world war 2 [Wikipedia].

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_P._Kennedy,_Jr.