Alderley -World War 1. June 1915

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Gallipoli, June 1915

 

The Gallipoli campaign began in April and early May with the landing of British, French and ANZAC forces.  Stiff Turkish resistance confined them to their bridgeheads and by early June both sides were entrenched.  An attempt by the Allies to break through the Turkish lines in early June was unsuccessful; casualties on both sides were approximately 25%. The Manchester Regiment played a prominent part in this attack, and three men commemorated on our War Memorial were involved.  All three survived, only to die in France in 1918. 

 

  • Second Lieutenant Cedric Kenworthy Deakin had been commissioned on 25th March in the 8th (Ardwick) Battalion, The Manchester Regiment. He was aged 19.  He was invalided home from Gallipoli and then posted to France in 1916. 
  • His name is commemorated in the British Military Cemetery at Pozieres. France.
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  • Captain Philip Vaughan Holberton, Adjutant of the 6th Battalion, was mentioned in despatches
 
   

 

 

  • Major Claude Swanwick Worthington was awarded the DSO for ‘his conspicuous service’ in Gallipoli.  He was wounded, sent to Malta to convalesce and then returned to Gallipoli. 

 

The commander of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Manchesters in this action was Brigadier General Noel Lee, who lived at Heawood Hall and is commemorated in St Mary’s Church, Nether Alderley. 

He was badly wounded in the throat and jaw and died in hospital in Malta on 21st June.

 

Some of the casualties in the Gallipoli campaign were sent to the Brookdale Military Hospital.  On June 11th the “Advertiser” reported that General Baden-Powell, who was in Alderley Edge to inspect the Girls Guides, visited the hospital and ‘wounded men from the Dardanelles (Gallipoli) shook hands with the General. 

 

        

Brookdale Military Hospital.


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