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EGYPT-GALLIPOLI-THE LANDING-1St KRITHIA
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and it is my firm conviction that no finer feat of arms has ever
been achieved by the British soldier-or any other soldier–
than the storming of these trenches from open boats on the
morning of 25th April. The landing at W had been entrusted
to the 1St Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers (Major Bishop) and
it was to the complete lack of the senses of danger or of fear of
this daring battalion that we owed our astonishing success....
Gallantly led by their officers, the Fusiliers literally hurled
themselves ashore and, fired at from right , left and centre,
commenced hacking their way through the wire. A long line of
men was at once mown down as by a scythe, but the remainder
were not to be denied.... "
He ordered
"w"
Beach to be re-named "Lancashire Landing"
and it was his intention that this name should be as much the official
title as "Anzac" was in the case of
"Z"
Beach; but, alas! rigid
adherence to the report of a War Office committee deprived the
Regiment of it as a battle honour.
Vice-Admiral de Robeck, in his official despatch dated 1St July,
1915, on the naval aspect of the operation, said :-
" .. . It
is impossible to exalt too highly the service rendered
by the 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers in the storming of
the beach; the dash and gallantry displayed was superb... ."
Another naval tribute was a much appreciated signal from H.M.S.
Euryalus
:-
"We are as proud as can be to have had the honour to carry
your splendid regiment. We feel for you all in your great losses
as if you were our own ship's company, but know the mag–
nificent gallantry of your regiment has made the name more
famous than ever."
Nor did the appreciation of the Royal Navy stop at the end of the
operations . For Rear-Admiral Stuart Nicholson, Captain Lefroy and
the officers of H.M.S.
Swiftsure
presented to the officers of the
battalion a large and beautiful silver bowl, having in bas relief on one
side the crest of the ship and a representation of the covering fire
which it gave and on the other the regimental crest and the troops
leaping from the cutters and struggling ashore. This bowl has the
place of honour in the centre of the dining-table of the officers' mess
of the 1st Battalion at every guest night and is one of its most
treasured possessions. What must be a unique tribute from one
Service to another is the fine marble tablet, of which a full description
appears in Volume II , erected in the Parish Church of Bury after the
War by Admiral of the Fleet Lord Wester Wemyss and the officers
and ship's company of H.M.S.
Euryalus
"to commemorate the
officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the First Battalion The
Lancashire Fusiliers who fell in action at Gallipoli." To mark