17 April 1915
- The British submarine E-15, commanded by Theodore Brodie, attempts to move through the Dardanelles into the Sea of Marmara, while seaplanes are deployed to distract the Turks. E-15 is grounded by a strong current, the Turks begin to shell the foundering submarine and Brodie and several of his crew are killed.
- The British Army launches the Battle of Hill 60 with the detonation of several mines laid beneath German positions on Hill 60, south-east of Ypres on the Western Front. The explosion literally blows the enemy from their defences, and is the first such attack of its kind. Heavy fighting continues until 22 April, resulting in the British capture of the Hill.
- The Leader reports the case of an enterprising 12 year old English boy who runs away from Marylebone to join the British Army in Antwerp. He is captured by the enemy and sent to Holland, returning home some six weeks later. Undeterred by the experience, he vows to join the Navy. Boy’s Trip to Antwerp
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