Gallipoli

ANZACS at Gallipoli

The Gallipoli campaign took place between 25th April 1915 and the 9th January 1916 at the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey and was the first major battle undertaken by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC)

The campaign began as a joint Brittish-French operation to capture the capital city of Constantinople with ground forces, after the failure of naval assaults.  The Turkish (Ottoman) forces were victorious and ANZAC troops were evacuated to Egypt for re-orginization prior to being transferred to the Western Front.

Australian Department of Veteran Affairs statistics include 8,709 deaths and 19,441 wounded Australians during the Gallipoli Campaign.

There are 31 Commonwealth War Grave Commission cemeteries on the Gallipoli Peninsula for Commonwealth fatalities, with 21 at ANZAC, 6 at Helles and 4 at Sulva.  There are a further 2 cemeteries on the Greek island of Limnos, which was the hospital base for Allied Forces, and the wounded that did not survive, are buried here.

 

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We shall remember them.

CLARKE, Mervyn Ephraim “Dick”

Service No.- 879

Rank- Lieutenant

Division- 11th Battalion

Enlisted- 7/09/1914

Discharged- 12/12/1920

Date of Death- 28/02/1986

Age at Death- 91

Burial Location- Bunbury General Cemetery- Lawn A- 15

 

Key Dates/ Events

25/04/1915- Amongst the first soldiers ashore at the Gallipoli Landing at 4.30 A.M

August 1915- Fought in the Battle of Lone Pine, Gallipoli, then transferred to Hospital suffering Diarrhoea

April 1916- Hospitalized near Sailly sur la Lys suffering Influenza/Diptheria

July 1916- Suffered Gunshot wounds to skull and shoulder in the Battle for Pozieres, France

March 1917- Promoted to Second Lieutenant

July 1917- Promoted to Lieutenant

September 1917- Suffered Gunshot wound to head in the Third Battle for Ypres, Belgium at Polygon Wood

August 1918- Suffered severe Gunshot Wounds to face, being shot through both eyes, and blinded for life. Wounding occurred at Battle for Lihons, France, after the long march from Hamel to Harbonnieres.

Clarke  was transferred to 3rd General Hospital, London for treatment. He was subsequently moved to St. Dunstan’s Hostel, Regents Park, London where he undertook training to assist cope with his blindness.

July 1920- Embarked for Australia on the “ Orvieto “

December- 1920-  Discharged from the Army

October 1926- Married to Irene Benson, fathered 5 children and built high quality furniture during his working life.

CLARKE, Raymond Arthur

Service Number –

Rank – 2nd Lieutenant

Division – 11th Battalion

Enlisted – 17/08/1914

Discharged – 11/01/1918

Date of Death – 24/10/1959

Age at Death – 70

Burial Location – Anglican D 682

CONNOR, John

Service Number – 1022

Rank – Private

Division – 28th Battalion

Enlisted – 17/05/1915

Discharged – 03/01/1916

Date of Death – 28/03/1955

Age at Death – 61

Burial Location – Anglican D 241

CROLY, Arthur England Johnston

Service Number –

Rank – Major

Division – 11th Battalion

Enlisted – 20/09/1914

Discharged – 15/02/1918

Date of Death – 03/06/1931

Age at Death – 49

Burial Location – Anglican B 306

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FOWLER, George Charles (“Cecil”) Compton

Service Number – 961

Rank – Private

Division – 11th Battalion

Enlisted – 22/08/1914

Killed in Action – 21/05/1915

Date of Death – 21/05/1915

Age at Death – 26

Burial Location – Anglican A 148

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FRANKLYN, John William “Jack”

Service Number –

Rank – 2nd Lieutenant

Division – 11th Battalion

Enlisted – 10/02/1915

Killed in Action – 06/08/1915

Date of Death – 06/08/1915

Age at Death – 18

Burial Location – Roman Catholic A-140

 

Mentioned in despatches by Sir Ian Hamilton.  Refer London Gazette 1208 dated 28/01/1916

Grave Tribute Inscription:

Mortally wounded at Lone Pine, Gallipoli; 6 August 1915
Died at sea HMAS Secilia same day.

HASLAM, Hector Albert

Service Number – 910

Rank – Second Lieutenant

Division – 51st Battalion

Enlisted – 07/09/1914

Discharged – 08/11/1918

Date of Death – 07/10/1965

Age at Death – 71

Burial Location – Methodist C 94

HAYWARD, Frank

Service Number-  3781

Rank- Sergeant

Division- 3rd Field Artillery Brigade

Enlisted- 20/11/1914

Discharged- 10/04/1919

Date of Death- 5/02/1990

Age at Death- 98

Burial Location- Crem- Main Path C 1.

HITCH, Arthur Edward

Service Number – 1354

Rank – Sergeant

Division – 11th Battalion

Enlisted – 12/11/1914

Discharged – 29/08/1915

Date of Death – 10/01/1964

Age at Death – 75

Burial Location – Anglican G 168

JOHNSTON, Sydney Tasman

Service Number – 1487

Rank – Private

Division – 16th Battalion

Enlisted – 03/10/1914

Killed in Action – 19/05/1915

Date of Death – 19/05/1915

Age at Death – 20

Burial Location – Methodist A 237

MANSFIELD, Alexander James

Service Number – 1503

Rank – Lance Corporal

Division – 16th Battalion

Enlisted – 12/11/1914

Discharged – 11/4/1919

Date of Death – 10/11/1969

Age at Death – 73

Burial Location – Anglican D 656/7

MEAD, Francis Mark Andrew

Service Number – 572

Rank – Private

Division – 28th Battalion

Enlisted – 15/03/1915

Discharged – 25/07/1916

Date of Death – 18/06/1984

Age at Death – 94

Burial Location – Anglican D 92/3

PAINTER, Albert William (“Bert”)

Service Number – 1510

Rank – Private

Division – 48th Battalion

Enlisted – 20/11/1914

Killed in Action – 06/08/1916

Date of Death – 06/08/1916

Age at Death – 25

Burial Location – Methodist A 210

PARKER Samuel Stanley Moore

Service Number – 582

Rank – Private

Division – 11th Battalion

Enlisted – 19/08/1914

Discharged – 17/02/1919

Date of Death – 03/07/1979

Age at Death – 91

Burial Location – Lawn B 234

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PAYNE, Harry Lewis

Service Number -5606

Rank -Corporal

Division – 2nd Aust Stationary Hospital

Enlisted – 27/07/1915

Discharged -12/05/1918

Date of Death -28/01/1962

Age at Death -81

Burial Location – Anglican E60

ROSE, Thomas Hayward

Service Number- 939

Rank- Corporal

Division- 11th Battalion

Enlisted- 18/08/1914

Discharged- 31/07/1918

Date of Death- 24/11/1973

Age at Death- 85

Burial Location- Anglican E- 127.

 

Awarded Military Medal at Gallipoli, during the period April 25 to July 15 , 1915 for “Conspicuous Gallantry “. He rendered invaluable services in subduing the fire of the enemy’s snipers.At great personal risk he frequently went forward well in advance of our trenches to successfully cope with snipers who were causing casualties in our ranks. He displayed courage of a very high order.”

 

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 19 April 1917- Located on Page 919, Position 165.

Date of London Gazette: 27 October 1916- Located on Page 10487, Position 141.

Corporal Rose was also awarded the Silver Obilich Medal ( SERBIA ) for bravery on 14 September 1916.

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RUSSELL, Walter Edward

Service Number –

Rank – Private

Division – 28th Battalion

Enlisted – 09/03/1915

Discharged – 10/06/1919

Date of Death – 13/07/1947

Age at Death – 73

Burial Location – Anglican D-513

SMEETH, Leslie Lester Robert

Service Number – 1634

Rank – Private

Division – 11th Battalion

Enlisted – 05/01/1915

Killed in Action – 27/06/1915

Date of Death – 27/06/1915

Age at Death – 26

Burial Location – Anglican C 27/28

STANLEY, Thomas Brooke

Service Number – 981

Rank – Sergeant

Division – 10th Lighthorse

Enlisted – 09/01/1915

Discharged – 12/04/1920

Date of Death – 20/10/1969

Age at Death – 77

Burial Location – Anglican B 278

STOKES, Thomas William

Service Number – 946

Rank – Private

Division – 11th Battalion

Enlisted – 07/09/1914

Killed in Action – 02/05/1915

Date of Death – 02/05/1915

Age at Death – 21

Burial Location – Methodist A 273

THOMPSON, George Percy

Service Number – 2493

Rank – Sergeant

Division – 4th Pioneers

Enlisted – 05/05/1915

Discharged – 15/02/1918

Date of Death – 20/10/1957

Age at Death – 73

Burial Location – Anglican D 193

WALKER, John

Service Number – 992

Rank – Lance Corporal

Division – 12th Battalion

Enlisted – 10/09/1914

Discharged – 28/01/1919

Date of Death – 23/01/1972

Age at Death – 79

Burial Location – Lawn A 99

WALLIS, Albert Edward

Service Number – 975

Rank – Corporal

Division – 10th Lighthorse

Enlisted – 14/01/1915

Discharged – 10/07/1919

Date of Death – 19/06/1934

Age at Death – 46

Burial Location – Anglican A 122