LANCASHIRE LANDING CEMETERY

 

 

Gallipoli

 

 

Turkey

 

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Location Information

Follow the road to Helles opposite the Kabatepe Museum. At 14.2kms take a right turn at the 'T' junction and at 14.3 kms. take the left fork. After a total of 21.6 kms. you will find the cemetery on your right.

 

Visiting Information

The Cemetery is permanently open and may be visited at any time.

Please note that in the absence of a cemetery register, visitors are advised to locate the Grave/Memorial reference before visiting. This information can be found in the CASUALTY RECORDS within the CWGC site.

For further information and enquiries please contact enquiries@cwgc.org

 

Historical Information

The eight month campaign in Gallipoli was fought by Commonwealth and French forces in an attempt to force Turkey out of the war, to relieve the deadlock of the Western Front in France and Belgium, and to open a supply route to Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea.

The Allies landed on the peninsula on 25-26 April 1915; the 29th Division at Cape Helles in the south and the Australian and New Zealand Corps north of Gaba Tepe on the west coast, an area soon known as Anzac.

At Helles, the 29th Division landed troops at 'S,' 'V,' 'W,' 'X' and 'Y' Beaches, five small coves at or near the southern end of the peninsula. The landing at 'Y' Beach (Gurkha Bluffs) was carried out by the 1st King's Own Scottish Borderers and the Plymouth Battalion of the Royal Naval Division, but these troops were forced to re-embark on the following day. The 2nd Royal Fusiliers landed at 'X' Beach, followed by the rest of the 87th Brigade. Under very severe fire, the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers landed on 'W' Beach and cut their way through wire entanglements and trenches to the edge of the cliff. They and the other battalions of the 88th Brigade established themselves on the hills of Tekke Burnu and Helles Burnu. The beach became known as Lancashire Landing.

The greater part of the cemetery (Rows A to J and part of Row L) was made between the landing in April 1915 and the evacuation of the peninsula in January 1916. Row I contains the graves of over 80 men of the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers who died in the first two days following the landing. The 97 graves in Row K and graves 31 to 83 in Row L were brought in after the Armistice from the following Aegean islands cemeteries:-

KEPHALOS BRITISH CEMETERY, on the island of Imbros (Imbroz), was 640 metres inland from Kephalos Pier. There were buried in it 84 British, Australian and New Zealand sailors and soldiers, three Greeks, and one German prisoner.

KUSU BAY CEMETERY, on the island of Imbros (Imbroz), contained the graves of 45 officers and men (14 of them unidentified) of the monitors Raglan and M28, which were sunk by the German battle cruiser Goeben and cruiser Breslau as they attempted to break out into the Mediterranean from the Black Sea on 20 January 1918 (both the Breslau and the Goeben later struck mines, off Cape Kephalos, which resulted in the Breslau sinking and the Goeben being grounded of Chanak).

PANAGHIA CHURCHYARD, on the island of Imbros (Imbroz), contained the graves of one officer and five men from the monitors and four airmen of the 62nd Wing, Royal Air Force.

PARASKEVI CEMETERY, near the South-West shore of the island of Tenedos (Bozcaada), contained the graves of four sailors, one soldier and one marine.

There are now 1,237 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 135 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate ten casualties who are known to be buried among them. The cemetery also contains 17 Greek war graves.

 

 

Victoria Cross Recipient

Lance Serjeant WILLIAM STEPHEN KENEALY

1809. 1st Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers, 29/06/1915, aged 29. Won the award 25/04/1915. Row C. 104.

Son of John and Margaret Kenealy, of 361, Bolton Rd., Stubshaw Cross, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancs.
 

Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette" (No. 29273) dated 24th Aug., 1915, records the following:- "On 25th April, 1915, three companies, and the Headquarters of the 1st Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers, in effecting a landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula to the West of Cape Helles, were met by a very deadly fire from hidden machine guns which caused a great number of casualties. The survivors, however, rushed up to and cut the wire entanglements, notwithstanding the terrific fire from the enemy, and after overcoming supreme difficulties, the cliffs were gained and the position maintained. Amongst the many very gallant officers and men engaged in this most hazardous undertaking, Capt. Willis, Serjt. Richards, and Pte. Kenealy have been selected by their comrades as having performed the most signal acts of bravery and devotion to duty.

 

 

2283Private

 Herbert Bray
2283 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment
Died of Wounds 26th June 1915,

aged 44.

Plot C. 80.

 

Father of Allan Bray, of 74, Milton St., Burnley.

 

9832 Private

Herbert Brogden
 1st Border Regiment
Died of Wounds 29th June 1915.

Plot F. 20.


Lived at 46 Hurtley Street, Burnley, Lancashire.

 

2284 Private

Joseph Cocker
 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment
Killed in Action 19th May 1915,

aged 31.

Plot C. 21.

 

Son of Thomas and Maria Cocker, of 17, King's Terrace, Burnley, Lancs.

 

1956 Private

 Albert Graham
 1/5th Manchester Regiment
Died of Wounds 10th July 1915,

aged 30.

Plot D. 93.

 

Son of Robert and Emma Graham, of 37, Thursby Rd., Burnley. Native of Monaghan.

 

2308 Lance Corporal

 Walter Greenwood
1/5th East Lancashire Regiment
Died of Wounds 23rd May 1915,

aged 42.

Plot C. 12.


Lived at 2 Pritchard Street, Burnley, Lancashire.

Husband of Jessie Greenwood, of 169, Shawmet Avenue, New Bedford, Mass, U.S.A.

 

2123 Private

 Walter Hall
 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment
Died of Wounds 6th July 1915.

Plot D. 86.


Enlisted in Burnley

 

 

2082 Private

Albert Hepworth
 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment
Died of Wounds 13th June 1915,

aged 23.

Plot B. 99.


Lived at 8 Rumley Road, Burnley, Lancashire.

 

1741 Private

 George Holt
1/5th East Lancashire Regiment
Died of Wounds 11th June 1915,

aged 22.

Plot B. 91.

 

Son of Edward and Ellen Holt, of 7, Milner St., Burnley.

 

42156 Driver

Joseph Wakelam

26th Bty. Royal Field Artillery

07/06/1915

Eldest son of Isaac Henry Wakelam and Martha Wakelam of Birkenhead, Cheshire

Row B. 64.

Pictures courtesy of niece, June Byrne

 

 

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