23 April 1915
- Lieutenant-Commander Henry Stoker is ordered to navigate the Australian Navy submarine AE2 safely through the Dardanelles Strait to the Narrows at Chanak. The submarine runs aground on Sangrada Point at the entrance to the Dardanelles. Commander Stoker successfully frees the submarine and returns to Mudros for repairs.
- The poet Rupert Brooke, dies of blood poisoning on a hospital ship anchored off the Greek coast while awaiting deployment in the Allied invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Brooke’s early war poetry expressed an idealism that would be at odds with poetry published later in the conflict. First Lord of the British Admiralty, Winston Churchill, penned Brooke’s obituary, published three days later in The Times.
The Soldier by Rupert Brooke
If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.