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Lieut G. B. Lockhart

Gerald Bevis Lockhart was born in Leicester on 13th October 1893. He was the second son of Philip and Ada Margaret Lockhart of 19 Elvaston Place, S.W. and later of 58, Chester Square, London, S.W.I.

He was educated at Harrow and Magdalen College, Oxford, and joined the Army through the Oxford O.T.C being gazetted as Second Lieutenant on 2nd September 1914. Gerald was promoted to Lieutenant on 17th February 1915 and sailed out to the Dardanelles from Avonmouth on 17th June 1915.  They landed at Anzac Cove at Gallipoli on 4th August 1915.

Lieutenant Lockhart was reported as wounded and missing after the action at Chunuk Bair on 10th August 1915. With no further information about his fate coming to light by January 1916 the Army noted that for official purposes it would be shown that Gerald Bevis Lockhart had been killed in action whilst commanding his Company on the slopes of Chunuk Bair.

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.”

Authors Note: Private Paul Gaskell wrote a comprehensive account of his experience of the battle which can be found HERE.

Gerald Lockart’s body was one of many that weren’t recovered after the action; he is remembered alongside his fellow countrymen on the Helles Memorial.

LOCKHART, G. B. (Helles Memorial)

Lockhart’s papers are available at TNA reference: WO 339/12665

Rank: Lieutenant
Date of Death: 10/08/1915
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.

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One Response to Lieutenant Gerald Bevis Lockhart

  1. Dr Michael Taylor says:

    Thank you for posting about the action on August 9th, 1915. My g-g-uncle Private Alfred Billington 126167 6th Bn LNLR fell in the same action.

    His Memorial Plaque is in the Chapel at Fulwood Barracks, Lancashire Infantry Museum.

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