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CHAPTER VI
GALLIPOLI-SECOND AND THIRD BATTLES OF KRITHIA
"GALLIPOLI,
1915,"
"KR1THIA"
(Maps 5 and 6)
1st, 1st/5th, 1st/6th, 1st/7th, and 1st/8th Battalions
THE SECOND
BATILE
OF
KRITHIA
1st, 1st/5th, 1st/6th, 1st/7th, and 1st/8th Battalions
IT would obviously have been wrong to have allowed stagnation to
set in at the foot of the Gallipoli Peninsula and not to have made an
early attempt to seize Achi Baba, the key to the campaign. The
Conunander-in-Chief therefore decided to order a general advance
for 6th May. In preparation for it, reorganizations took place which
brought the 1st Battalion into the 88th Infantry Brigade, on the
right of the British line, near the Krithia Nullah; and more troops
were landed, including the East Lancashire Division, later to be
famous as the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division, in which was the
Lancashire Fusiliers Infantry Brigade, consisting of the 1st/5th
(Lieutenant-Colonel
J.
Isherwood, V.D.), 1st/6th (Lieutenant-Colonel
Lord Rochdale), 1st/7th (Lieutenant-Colonel A. F. Maclure, T.D .)
and 1st /8th (Lieutenant-Colonel
J.
A. Fallows, T.D.) Battalions of
the Regiment. The brigade was very proud to come ashore at
Lancashire Landing, where the 1st Battalion had so recently won
inunortal fame. The 1st /6th Battalion achieved the distinction of
being the first battalion of the East Lancashire Division to take over
part of the front line, as it did between Gully Ravine and the sea on
the night of 5th/6th May, after a tedious march made unnecessarily
long by the guides losing their way. The brigade was not, however,
to enjoy the quiet period usually allowed to new arrivals in trenches
for "running-in," though it had no idea it was to be thrust into an
attack within a few hours of its disembarkation.
T BN .
On 4th }Iay the 1st Battalion had moved back into the second
line in rear of Pink Farm, half a mile south-east of Gully Beach.
It
was still organized in two companies, No. 1 under Major H. Shaw
and No.
2
under Major G. S. Adams, and totalled no more than
250
all ranks. Next day it moved into the firing line between the East
Krithia road and Krithia Nullah and was attached to the Naval
Composite Brigade. Its task during the attack ordered for 6th May
was to keep touch with the French on the right and the 88th Brigade
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