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de fallot 1Carl Clare de Fallot was born in Silesia, Poland on 17th July 1885 and was the son of Otto and Mary de Fallot.

He was educated in Tokyo, Japan and was spent time teaching at the Imperial Naval College in Etajima. He graduated from Trinity college in 1905 with a B.A. in History & Political Science and achieved his M.A in Toronto.

When war broke out in August 1914 he was in New Brunswick and immediately joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force with the number 22691 and was appointed a Colour Sergeant in the 12th Battalion, First Contingent. His rank was due to his previous military experience with the Queen’s Own Rifles, an active militia in Toronto where he had served since joining as a Bandsman with them in 1903.

On his enlistment papers in 1914 he gave his occupation as being banking (Canadian Bank of Commerce, Halifax) and the name ‘ Jas. S. Cartwright’ of Kenilworth, Cape Town as being his legal next of kin. The medical officer described Carl as standing 5ft 10in with a 42in chest. He had light blue eyes, dark brown hair and was of swarthy complexion.

The 12th Battalion embarked for Britain on 30 September 1914, and were part of the Canadian Training Depot at Tidworth Camp. Whilst in England he accepted a commission in the British Army and joined the 6th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment as a temporary Lieutenant which was gazetted on 12th January 1915 but with effect from 23rd December 1914.

On the 6th July 1915 the Battalion landed at Cape Helles via ‘River Clyde’ and to camp in Gully Ravine and a day later moved forward to the reserve in Eski Line. On 8th July they moved forward to the support line and were attached to troops of 29th Division. This sector rested on Aegean Sea and was on the extreme left of the British line.

On the 9th Jul7 1915 the Battalion was relieved by 6th East Lancashire Regiment, and it was during the relief that Captain de Fallot was mortally wounded. The circumstances of his death are mentioned in ‘My experiences in Gallipoli‘.

On being relieved from the trenches, and on our way to this resting place, our Company officers were warned to keep a sharp look-out for snipers, who at that time were active in the vicinity of the Eski redoubt, near a junction of gullies called “Clapham Junction”. As we were marching along one of the gullies, we were suddenly attracted by the continuous ping of the snipers’ bullets. One of these bullets struck Quartermaster-Sergeant Graham, a good fellow, through the head. What a spectacle he looked. He lay where he fell and bid his comrades farewell, a few minutes afterwards being called to God’s care.

A little further on we were aware of the fact that one of our best officers, Captain C. C. de Fallot, shared the same fate as that of Graham; but this officer fought hard for life for four and a half hours*. He was vainly trying to cheat death, poor fellow, but the hand of God intervened. Quartermaster-Sergeant Graham and this gallant officer were laid to rest near where life was so brutally snatched from them.

* The recollection of four an half hours is a mistake and should have been ‘six days’. De Fallot was mortally wounded on the 9th and died on the 15th July 1915.

Authors note: The other man mentioned was 3197 Company Quartermaster-Sergeant James Edward Graham. Aged 40. The son of James and Emma Graham of London; and husband of Mrs. E. E. Graham, of 7, Tennyson Road, Preston. He was buried in TWELVE TREE COPSE CEMETERY.

Carl de Fallot is remembered on a special memorial in Pink Farm Cemetery at Helles and also on the  memorial in the Gaijin Bochi (Foreigners’ Cemetery) in Motomachi, Yokohama, Japan.

Rank: Captain
Date of Death: 15/07/1915
Age: 31
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.

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