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THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS,
1914-1918
refused to allow himself to be carried back till more troops
arrived .
By 7.15 a.m. a line of some sort was established, sufficient to
protect the landing place from aimed fire. But the brigadier had
been wounded, with the result that the brigade was without a
commander; and the brigade headquarters were thoroughly
disorganized, for the brigade major was killed in trying to lead some
of the men on the cliff near Hill 138.
By this time the situation on the left was clearing up. "C"
Company, with a party of men under Captain G. E. Tallents (who
carried on in spite of a bad wound), reached the solitary tree on
Hill
II4,
at the expense of many casualties, including Second–
Lieutenant G. Needham and a few men made temporary prisoners
by some Turks who were eventually surrounded and themselves
captured. Needham found the Turks quite cheery fellows, and
they did not seem downcast even when captured themselves.
They had been in deep dugouts near the edge of the cliff and so
were untouched by the bombardment. Lieutenant B.
C.
H.
Keenlyside was wounded when leading his platoon about two
hundred yards inland by a Turkish sniper who put up a great
individual fight, as witnessed by the pile of cartridges round his
body. Lieutenant
L.
B.
L.
Seckham was also wounded during the
attack, but he continued to lead his men on although the majority
of them had been killed or wounded.
Lance-Serjeant F. E. Stubbs was killed near the solitary tree,
his objective, to which he had succeeded in leading the remains
of his platoon. Lance-Corporal
J.
Grimshaw had distinguished
himself by his coolness and gaiety while sending signals from the
cliff top down to the beach and these two N.C.Os. were subsequently
awarded the Victoria Cross. Serjeant A. Richards, formerly Serjeant–
Drummer, had his leg almost shot off, but he dragged himself through
the wire on the beach and continued to encourage others by voice
and example till the attack swept on. He too was later awarded the
Victoria Cross. Captain C. Bromley and Private W. Keneally also
performed such outstanding deeds of gallantry that they too were
selected to receive this highest of all decorations.
About this time the Royal Fusiliers, who were attacking
Hill
II4
from the north, "got their left shoulders too far up"; and they were
just beginning a spirited attack on the Lancashire Fusiliers' left
when they were spotted by
<lC"
Company's observer and, after
considerable signalling with a small flag, they were made aware of
their mistake.
Many were the tributes paid by independent and impartial
witnesses to the deeds of the battalion on that day. The Commander–
in-Chief, General Sir Ian Hamilton, in his official despatch dated
20th May, 1915, wrote :-
" ... So strong, in fact, were the defences of W beach
that the Turks may well have considered them impregnable,