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THE LANCASHIRE FUSILIE;RS,
1914-1918
captured three more lines of trenches and began consolidation with
their right resting on the West Krithia Nullah about four hundred
yards above its junction with the East Krithia Nullah.
Unfortunately, the French farther to the east had not been able
to hold positions brilliantly won at the first assault. The Turks were
thereby enabled to begin a process of successive enfilading which
forced back the British troops from one after another of the trenches
they had captured. By the evening of 4th June the British troops
on the east side of the Krithia Nullah were only forty yards
beyond its bifurcation, so that there was a dangerous gap of some
three hundred and fifty yards between the British positions on the
two sides of the nullah and an equally dangerous spur of ground
between the East and West Krithia Nullahs. To protect the flank
of the 1st/6th Manchester Regiment , a guard of 20 men of "D"
Company of the 1st/5th Lancashire Fusiliers was detailed to man a
barricade placed on the right of the forward trench east of the West
1ST/7TH
Krithia Nullah. At the same time a party of the 1st/7th Lancashire
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Fusiliers, under Major W. J. Law, was sent up to man a deep
Turkish communication trench in the spur between the nullahs and
almost in line with the 1st/6th Manchester; and a patrol of the
1st/7th kept touch with the troops on the left further up the West
Nullah.
1ST/6TH
Throughout the day the 1st/6th Lancashire Fusiliers had been
BN.
fully employed as working parties on tasks of consolidation. But
elements of it were drawn into the fighting at various stages; and
many members of it distinguished themselves. Company Serjeant–
Major B. Allister led a platoon under heavy rifle and shrapnel fire
to the capture of a Turkish trench: he cleared one flank himself,
killing eight Turks. Private J. W. Child volunteered to attack a
redoubt and held it with four other men until relieved ten hours
later. Privates
R.
Alien and H. Butterworth noticed movements in
some scrub near their position and went boldly into it on their own
initiative under heavy fire: they found a Turkish officer with a
machine gun and disarmed
him
and brought back the gun.
1ST
i
8TH
At 2-45 p.m. part of the 1st/8th Battalion was drawn into the
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battle, "C" (Captain A. J. Goodfellow) and "B" (Captain E. S.
Humphrey) Companies being sent up to reinforce the front line and
to fill a gap between the Manchester Brigade and the Royal Naval
Division to the east of the Vineyard, on the Krithia road. They
succeeded in taking a line of Turkish trenches, though at the cost of
some casualties which included the death of Humphrey. But the
failure of a renewed French attack towards the right of the line had
made the advanced British position so insecure that, at 6.30 p.m., a
1ST/ 7TH
retirement to the main Turkish system was ordere.d. The 1st/7th
BN.
Battalion was now sent into the line, a company at a time, to
strengthen other units. Like the 1st/6th, elements of it were involved
in fighting and individuals distinguished themselves. Privates W.
Downton, W. Prince and
R.
Casey, led by an officer, charged and
captured a small Turkish redoubt; and they continued to hold it