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On the night of 9th August 1915, after desperate fighting, heavy shelling and repeated attacks by the Turks against Brigadier-General Johnston’s New Zealand Brigade; the 6th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and the 5th Battalion Wiltshire Regiment arrived at Chunuk Bair as reinforcements. The 10th Hampshire Regiment were in support.

CHUNUK BAIR SUMMIT TOWARDS SUVLA BAY

The view from Chunuk Bair Summit towards Sulva Bay

The 6th LNL commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Levinge, quickly realising the weak position they were holding at once attempted to improve their shallow trenches.

At dawn the Turks, who had been continually shelling the ridge all night, attacked with the full weight of their available forces (a whole division plus three battalions).

The Wilts were particularly exposed, and were literally annihilated where they stood. The 6th Loyal North Lancashire were slightly more ‘dug-in’ but quickly became overwhelmed by such a large attacking force.

The Battalion made a gallant resistance, doing all men could do, Captain Mather’s company doing especially well and charging three times with the bayonet.

The official despatch states;

“The two battalions of the New Army chosen to hold Chunuk Bair were the 6th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. The first of these arrived in good time and occupied the trenches. Even in the darkness their commanding officer, Lieut-Colonel H.G. Levinge, recognized how dangerously these trenches were sited, and he began at once to dig observation posts on the actual crest and to strengthen the defences where he could; but he had not time given him to do much.

The second battalion, the Wiltshires, were delayed by the intricate country; they did not reach the edge of the entrenchment until 4am, and were then told to lie down in what was believed, erroneously, to be a covered position. At daybreak on Tuesday 10th August, the Turks delivered a grand attack from the Chunuk Bair Hill-Q against these two battalions, already weakened in numbers, though not in spirit, by previous fighting.

First our men were shelled by every enemy gun, and then, at 5.30am, were assaulted by a huge column consisting of no less than a full division, plus a regiment of three battalions.

The Loyal North Lancashire men were simply overwhelmed in their shallow trenches by sheer weight in numbers, whilst the Wiltshires who were caught in the open, were literally almost annihilated. The ponderous mass of enemy swept over the crest, turned the right flank of our line below, swarmed round the Hampshires and General Baldwin’s column, which had to which had to give ground and were only extricated with great difficulty and very heavy losses.

Towards this supreme struggle the absolute last two battalions from our general reserve were now hurried, but by 10am, the effort of the enemy was spent. Soon their shattered remnants began to trickle back, leaving a track of corpses behind them, and by nightfall, except prisoners or wounded, no live Turk was left upon our side of the slope.”

The Memorial

Helles Memorial

In General Hamilton’s despatch, he wrote;

“Generals fought in the ranks and men dropped their scientific weapons and caught one another by the throat. So desperate a fight cannot be described. The Turks came on again and again, fighting magnificently, calling upon the name of God. Our men stood to it and maintained, by many a deed of daring, the old traditions of their race. There was no flinching. They died in the ranks where they stood.”

Brigadier-General Baldwin, the Commander of the 38th Brigade was killed, as was the Commanding Officer of the 6th battalion, Lieutenant Colonel H.G. Levinge.

HELLES MEMORIAL (1)

Helles Memorial

From all of the names below of those killed at Chunuk Bair, only one has a marked grave. 13404 Private Edwin Marsden 6th Battalion, brother of 36329 Private Harry Marsden.

CHUNNUK BAIR CWGC SITE (4) (1)

The only marked Loyal North Lancashire CWGC grave at Chunuk Bair

photo (44)

A cairn built by Jon and Richard Porter on the 100 year anniversary of Chunuk Bair. It is located near the Apex on Rhododendron Ridge.

PLEASE NOTE: The batman to Lt-Col Levinge, 10996 Private Paul Gaskell wrote a comprehensive account of his experience of the battle which can be found HERE.

Those killed at Chunuk Bair

Lieutenant Colonel HENRY GEORGE LEVINGE
Major GEOFFREY SEYMOUR ROWLEY CONWY
Captain HORATIO GORDON MANN
Captain JOHN WILFRED MATHER
Captain BRIAN WILDMAN-OSBORNE THOMPSON
Lieutenant GEOFFREY PETER GUILLEBAUD
Lieutenant GERALD BEVIS LOCKHART
Lieutenant NORMAN LANCASTER WELLS
Lieutenant ROBERT MEREDITH WILSON
Second Lieutenant CHARLES NICHOLLS HATHORN
Second Lieutenant HORACE WALPOLE MANN

11255 Private SAMUEL ABRAHAMS
11886 Private WILLIAM ADAMS
11518 Private FREDERICK ADDISON
15320 Private HARRY ALDRED
12402 Private WILLIAM GEORGE ASHLEY
10876 Private LAWRENCE ASPEN
13559 Private JOSEPH ASPINALL
11984 Private JAMES ATKINS
14085 Private WILLIAM HARRY ATKINSON
12394 Private SAMUEL BAGNALL
11219 Private ARTHUR BALSHAW
13515 Private WILLIAM BARLOW
11528 Private CHARLES BATTERSBY
11096 Private HARRY BENNETT
11876 Private PETER BERRY
12617 Private ALFRED BILLINGTON
12833 Private ALBERT BISHOP
11498 Lance Corporal WILLIAM BISSEL
11636 Private MATTHEW BOARDMAN
12037 Private JOHN BOLAND
12193 Private JOSEPH BOOTH
20030 Private SEPTIMUS HARGREAVES BOND
11697 Private JOSEPH BOSTON
11011 Private THOMAS BRENNAN
11249 Private ALBERT BROWN
11604 Private ELI BROWN
3566 Company Serjeant Major JAMES BROWN
19985 Private OLIVER BUCKLEY
11880 Private JOSEPH BURGOYNE
3383 Corporal GEORGE MOORE BURROW
11401 Private THOMAS HELM BYRNE
11342 Lance Corporal JAMES BYRON
12053 Private JOSEPH CAIG
12094 Private JOSEPH CALDERLEY
12882 Private WILLIAM SHEPARD CALDERLEY
11958 Private JOSEPH CHADWICK
11894 Private JOHN CHAPMAN
11782 Private JOHN WILLIAM CLOUDSDALE
19752 Private DANIEL COOKE
11796 Private ALBERT EDWARD PRINCE COOPER
12071 Private MARKS COSSACK
11842 Private MARK COUPS
11356 Corporal JAMES CRANE
17932 Private W CRITCHLEY
19009 Private JOHN CULSHAW
17352 Private JOHN THOMAS CUPITT
12561 Private JOHN DALEY
11330 Private ARTHUR JOB DALTON
17224 Private HARRY DAVIES
11335 Private JAMES DENTON
12822 Private WILLIAM DODD
11605 Private JAMES DOLAN
12889 Private WILLIAM DONLY
11054 Private CHARLES DORRINGTON
11292 Private JAMES DOYLE
14972 Lance Corporal ALBERT DUCKWORTH
17208 Private HUGH DUNION
11871 Private RALPH DUNNE
12534 Private ROBERT DURNING
11820 Private JOHN ECKERSLEY
11232 Private HERBERT EDWARDS
19757 Private R EDWARDS
11397 Private WALTER ENTWISTLE
14998 Private HAROLD FAIRHURST
13882 Private JAMES FAWCETT
11803 Private CHARLES FAY
11189 Private ARTHUR FISH
17425 Private ALBERT FISHER
12528 Private JOHN FISHER
12517 Private MATTHEW FISHER
17834 Private THOMAS FISHWICK
17304 Lance Corporal WILLIAM HENRY FITZSIMMONS
17240 Private JAMES FLANAGAN
19751 Private CHRISTOPHER FORD
11480 Private WILLIAM FRANK
19770 Lance Corporal CHARLES EDWARD FUSSELL
11519 Private JOHN GALLOWAY
11729 Private JAMES GENT
11167 Serjeant HUBERT GIBBONS
11552 Private HUGH GILLIGAN
21179 Private ANTHONY GILMARTIN
11140 Serjeant MILTON GRAHAM
11402 Private HAROLD GREENHALGH
12625 Private JAMES GREENWOOD
11074 Serjeant ROBERT GREENWOOD
5240 Private JOSEPH GUNNING
19760 Private HAROLD GUNSTONE
11675 Private FRANCIS HADDON
11524 Serjeant JOHN CHARLES HALL
12849 Private THOMAS HALLIGAN
12345 Private WILLIAM FREDERICK HARDER
17276 Private JOSEPH HARRIS
18339 Private HERBERT HARRISON
11743 Private LINDSLEY HARRISON
10856 Private WILLIAM HARRISON
11918 Private ARTHUR HART
11723 Private THOMAS HART
11909 Private ALBERT HARTLEY
12556 Private HAROLD HARTLEY
11474 Private BENJAMIN HASELDEN
11507 Private JAMES HATTON
12582 Corporal ROBERT HODGKINSON
11905 Private PATRICK HOGAN
11372 Private JOSEPH WILLIAM HOLMES
17770 Private FREDERICK HOWARTH
11734 Private JOHN HOWARTH
11846 Private ALFRED HULME
13852 Lance Corporal SAMUEL HULME
11501 Private EDWARD HUMPHREYS
1261 Private JOHN INGHAM
19777 Private ALBERT JACKSON
19769 Private JOHN JONES
10860 Private JOSEPH KEARSLEY
11526 Private JAMES KIERNAN
19747 Private MARK ERNEST KNIGHTON
12811 Private WILLIAM LANG
15232 Private WILLIAM LAWRENCE
12047 Private DANIEL LEE
11398 Private THOMAS LEE
11284 Private WILLIAM LIGHTBOWN
19775 Private IDRIS LLEWELLYN
11913 Private HERBERT LODGE
6913 Serjeant WILLIAM TOWLER LUND
17652 Private JONAH BOYD MACDONALD
11719 Private JOHN MALONEY
11009 Private ALBERT MARSDEN
13404 Private EDWIN MARSDEN
12548 Private JAMES MARSH
11537 Private JOHN ROBERT MARTLAND
11989 Private WILLIAM MASSEY
11242 Private JAMES MASTERSON
12151 Private JAMES MATHER
12064 Lance Corporal FRED MIDDLETON
17209 Private JOHN MIDDLETON
3092 Regimental Serjeant Major JAMES MITCHELL
11667 Private THOMAS RAYMOND MITCHELL
11350 Serjeant JOHN MOLLOY
11116 Corporal ALBERT MOORES
11609 Private HENRY MORRIS
11115 Private JOHN MORRIS
11946 Private ALFRED MULLIN
10939 Private RONALD McGOWAN
11990 Private THOMAS McNALLY
11616 Corporal THOMAS PERCIVAL NEWTON
11596 Lance Corporal JOHN NICHOLLS
11930 Private ROBERT NORCROSS
11652 Private JOSEPH HENRY ONEILL
11340 Lance Corporal ALFRED PALMER
12814 Private JAMES PARKINSON
12482 Lance Corporal WILLIAM PARKINSON
11448 Private THOMAS PATTERSON
11515 Private JOHN JAMES PERROTT
11353 Private JOHN WILLIAM PITFIELD
11856 Private JOSEPH PHILBIN
13401 Private WILLIAM PRICE
11881 Lance Serjeant ROBERT QUINN
11588 Private JOHN RANKIN
17476 Lance Corporal CHARLES ARNOLD RANSON
13941 Private JOHN REYNOLDS
2861 Private HAROLD RICHARDS
11654 Private JOSEPH RICHARDSON
12591 Private THOMAS RICHARDSON
15901 Private JOHN RIMMER
11620 Private ARTHUR ROBINSON
17457 Private WILLIE ROBINSON
10893 Private WILLIE ROBINSON
11586 Private JOHN ROONEY
18420 Private ELLIS ROTHWELL
12781 Lance Corporal JAMES SANDERSON
17477 Private FREDERICK SEDDON
11887 Private HENRY SEDDON
2909 Private WILLIAM SHARP
17417 Private STEPHEN CRANHORN SHARPLES
11877 Private RICHARD SHERIDAN
11371 Private JOHN ROBERT SMALLEY
8687 Serjeant CHARLES STINTON
11712 Private OSKELL SUMNER
11808 Corporal JOSEPH ROBERT TAGGART
11475 Private THOMAS TAYLOR
11638 Private W TAYLOR
19778 Private WILLIAM THOMAS
11077 Private WILLIAM NORRIS THOMPSON
11744 Private ROBERT TRAVIS
11599 Private RICHARD TURNER
11126 Private JAMES UNSWORTH
2576 Company Serjeant Major JOHN URMSTON
12073 Private JOHN VANTALLIGAN
11471 Private ISAIAH WALKER
11967 Private JAMES COCHRANE WALKER
14150 Private SIDNEY WALKER
11161 Corporal WILLIAM WALKER
19748 Private JAMES WALLEN
11722 Private THOMAS WARREN
9273 Company Serjeant Major WALTER ERNEST WAUDBY
11291 Private HARRY WEBSTER
12893 Lance Serjeant HARRY WHITE
11476 Serjeant JOHN WILKINSON
10910 Lance Corporal ALBERT EDWARD WILLAN
11205 Private ARTHUR WILLIAMS
11408 Private WILLIAM WILLONS
11643 Private GEORGE WILSON
11203 Private GEORGE WILSON
12371 Private JAMES WINTERBOTTOM
10975 Private WILLIAM HENRY WOODALL
19766 Private ARTHUR WOODS
3884 Serjeant RICHARD WOODS
12117 Private JOHN WILLIAM WORSLEY
14242 Private THOMAS HENRY WORTHINGTON
13677 Private ALEXANDER YATES
11190 Private HERBERT YATES
12384 Private JAMES YOUNG

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2ND PANEL

2ND PANEL

3RD PANEL

3RD PANEL

4TH PANEL

4TH PANEL

5TH PANEL

5TH PANEL

6TH PANEL

6TH PANEL

OFFICERS, NCOS AND PRIVATES A-B

OFFICERS, NCOS AND PRIVATES A-B

PRIVATES B -K

PRIVATES B -K

PRIVATES L - Y

PRIVATES L – Y

We are indebted to Roger Morlidge for sharing these photos of his visit to the Helles Memorial. Thank you!

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17 Responses to Casualties of CHUNUK BAIR (6th Bn)

  1. John Dean says:

    Hello for your list 15232 pte william lawrence 6th batt. was killed at chunuk bair 9 aug 1915 he was from Bolton. Thanks John

  2. admin says:

    Thanks John, I’ve updated the list. Private Lawrence was ‘A Coy’. Regards, Paul

  3. Phil Brooks says:

    I have the 14/15 trio & plaque of 3566 CSM James Brown, 6th LNL, b,l&enl Manchester, KIA 9/8/15, NKG Helles Memorial. I believe him to be a Chunuk Bair casualty? I have assumed that casualties dated 10/8/15 will also be from this same action – in that case, I count 11 officers and 211 ORs killed. Regards, Phil Brooks.

    • admin says:

      Hi Phil,

      Thanks for your comment. Indeed, the casualties CWGC note on 9th August can be attributed to this same action. I’m working on the full list of casualties to add to this list.

      Regards,
      Paul

    • Richard Johnson says:

      CSM James Brown 3566 was my great grandfather. He was killed when my grandma (his daughter) was months old. She died at the age of 100 in 2015.

  4. Michael Taylor says:

    Thank you for writing the article. It has helped me to understand more about the battle in which my g-g-uncle Pte Alfred Billington (126170) died on August 9th, 1915.

    For your information, his WW1 Memorial Plaque is on display in the Chapel at Fulwood Barracks and his is remembered on the family headstone in Preston Cemetery.

    Thanks, Mike Taylor

  5. Information from David Croom:

    Rank – Private
    Soldiers service number – 11743
    Which battalion? – 6th BN
    Date born – 1896
    Place born – Gateshead, Co. Durham
    Date died – 9th August 1915

    Lindsley Harrison was a cousin of my grandmother. He is commemorated on the Helles War Memorial. In the 1911 census he is aged 15 and living in Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, he is an errand boy for a fishmonger. His father is Robinson Harrison and his mother Elizabeth.

  6. Andy Morrison says:

    My great grandfather, 3383 Cpl George Moore Burrow, was killed at Chunuk Bair on 9th August 1915. His friend who was at his side when he died during the assault(I’m afraid his name has been lost over the intervening years)told my great grandmother that a shell exploded next to them and George was gone, there was nothing left of him. George was born at 69 Davis St, Eccles, Salford on 14th November 1879. He also served in the Boer War in South Africa but I have little or no information on his service there. He left a wife, Mary, and 2 year old daughter, Edna (my grandmother), who lived to the age of 93

  7. My grandfather Matthew Fisher, 12517, and his brothers,
    Albert Fisher,17425, And John Fisher, 12528, were all killed at Gallipoli. Their brother Harry Fisher was wounded by shrapnell. I would love to know if there is anywhere in Bolton, Lancashire, where they are remembered. The only thing I know of is a grave belonging to my Great Grandparents, which was discovered by my son Simon last year, in the cemetery at St. Mary’s Church, Deane, Bolton. Lancs. Is there a memorial anywhere with their names on ?
    I would appreciate any information you can give me.

    • William Riley says:

      Just seen your post This is from the Long long trail Website and may be of interest to you
      http://www.1914-1918.net/brothers1915.htm

      Also 10 August 1915: One brother on one day, two more the next day
      John and Matthew Fisher died whilst serving with the 6th (Service) Battalion, the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Their brother Albert had been killed the day before, with the same unit. Sons of John and Mary Fisher of 280, Deane Church Lane, Bolton. All three are commemorated on the Helles Memorial to the Missing.

      the St Mary’s Deane that you mention has a memorial I think at the back of the Church on the left as you enter it.

      Incidentaly I lived in Deane Church lane neaqr you relatives home for 25 years up to 1982.

  8. Sue Thompson says:

    Hello there, I’m trying to help a relative find out where the bodies of the three Fisher brothers who died at Chunuk Bair might be, can you help?

    They are:

    17425 Private ALBERT FISHER
    12528 Private JOHN FISHER
    12517 Private MATTHEW FISHER

    Has there ever been any interest in exhuming bodies and burying them properly, as recently happened with the Pearl Harbour victims?

    Thanks in advance,

    Sue

  9. dorothy kazer says:

    I have been researching the men from St James’ Church who fell during the conflict, and was interested to note that Harry Bennett from Leyland was killed at the battle of Chunuk Bair. If anyone has any information on him I would be grateful to receive it, and add it to the roll of honour I compiled which is now deposited at the Church. Thank you.
    D Kazer

  10. Simon robinson says:

    100 years tomorrow since my ancestors fell at Gallipoli.

    The Fisher Brothers from Bolton, we salute you.

    Left behind but never forgotten

    xxx

  11. JPL says:

    According to CWGC, Captain Horatio Gordon Mann, brother of 2Lt Horace Walpole Mann,is buried at No. 2 Outpost Cemetery. Grave Ref: F.6.

    Regards
    JP

  12. Jill Robertson says:

    Many thanks for your fascinating article on Chanuk Bair. I have been researching the WW1 fallen on the war memorial of my village, Great Missenden, Bucks. The Mann family lived here and two of their sons were killed on the same day, August 10th 1915, at Chanuk Blair. They were Captain Horatio Gordon Mann (aged 35)and Second Lieutenant Horace Walpole Mann (aged 29). I now know far more about the circumstances of their deaths from your website. They were part of a family of 11 children of well-heeled parents, living in one of the best houses in the village. Sadly, a third brother, Nevill Swire Mann MC, was also killed later on in the war, on 12 April 1916. He was also in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Batallion. A fourth brother fought in the Loyal North Lancashires and survived – Lieutenant Roland Mann. The eldest brother also survived the war but I have yet to find out if he was also in the LNL – he ended up at Lt Colonel Gordon Duncan Mann and claimed the medals for his dead brothers.
    I am remembering Horace and Horatio Mann with respect today. the 100th anniversary of their deaths.

    • John Martindale says:

      Hello Jill, just picked up your article about the Gt.Missenden war memorials. My wife’s grandad’s brother was Pte. Joseph Wilkins. He is commemorated on the memorial outside Missenden post office and on the church memorial. He died of his wounds on 30 November 1916 age 20

  13. Kate Niedermann says:

    We just read the War diary and found out Sgt Charles Stinton (my great granddad) is named…checking the London Gazette we got the confirmation that he was named in the dispatches. If anybody has any info to indicate what he did to get mentioned on that terrible night of 9-10th Aug at Chanuck Bair I’d love to receive it.

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