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the trenches from which the attack had started had become very
congested, partly owing to the arrival of 100 men of the 1st/5th
East Lancashire Regiment to act as garrison of those trenches after
the Ist Battalion's advance and partly owing to elements of "A"
Company being driven back by the gorse fires. "C" Company
R. R.
Willis) consequently lost touch with "B" and was
unable to get into its proper position to help "B" until it was too
late to do so without further useless losses. Major Bishop reported
to the brigadier that he could make no headway frontally, but that
he proposed to send "C" Company forward to take "J
as soon as
a fresh attack on both flanks should have afforded the battalion some
relief. The brigadier accordingly ordered two other battalions to
attack from the flanks at 2.35 p.m. They could make no appreciable
progress, however, and the Ist Battalion had no alternative but to
reorganize in its original trenches, where it was subjected to heavy
fire throughout the rest of the day and most of the night.
relieved early on 6th June, having lost I4 officers and 500 other
ranks killed and wounded. Private D. Brennan was awarded the
Distinguished Conduct Medal for going out under heavy fire and
rescuing some wounded men from fiercely-burning gorse.
The Lancashire Fusiliers Brigade had in the meanwhile been fully
engaged farther to the east. The eve of the battle found it by the
Krithia Nullah. In the battle it was not to be employed as a coherent
body, but almost piecemeal. For half of the Ist/5th (Lieutenant-
1ST/ 5TH
Colonel J. I sherwood, V.D.) was to garrison the front-line trenches
after their previous occupants, the Ist/6th· Manchester Regiment,
had advanced; the other half of it was to advance with the second
wave of that unit and help it to secure the second objective; half of
the Ist/6th (Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Rochdale) was to follow the
first wave of the Manchester Regiment as working parties; the other
half was to follow its second wave and consolidate the lines gained;
while the Ist/7th (Lieutenant-Colonel A. F. Maclure , T.D. ) and
1ST/ 7TH
Ist/8th (Lieutenant-Colonel J. A. Fallows, T .D. ) were to
divisional reserve. At 9 a.m. on 4th June a bombardment by field
guns opened with the object of cutting the Turkish wire. At II a.m.
heavier guns joined in. At II.20 a.m. all shelling ceased and, by
order, bayonets were shown over the parapets so as to induce the
Turks to believe that an attack was impending and to man their
trenches and thus be a better target for the allied artillery. Actually
the Turks made use of the pause to open a storm of rapid rifle fire
which was not wholly stopped by the resumption of intense bombard-
ment by the allied guns at II.30 a.m. At I2 noon it ceased again and
the advance began. The Ist/6th Manchester Regiment made good
progress ; and headquarters and "A" and "B" Companies of the
1st/5th Lancashire Fusiliers were quickly established as caretakers
1ST/ 5 TH
of the original trenches. By I2.I5 p.m. the Manchester had
captured their first objective. The second wave passed through,
accompanied by "C" (Captain W. Webb) and "D" (Captain E. F.
Wrigley) Companies of the Ist/5th under Major F . A. Woodcock, T.D.,