This Photograph shows Lancashire Landing
looking towards Helles and Asia Minor
On 25th April 1915 whilst Rupert
Brookes friend Sub.Lt Dodge was landing under fire at "V" beach, just west
at "W" beach, a landing which was to become famous as "Lancashire
Landing" was being undertaken by the 1st battalion Lancashire Fusiliers.
The ships boats of H.M.S. Euryalus and H.M.S.Implacable were lowered and heavily
laden men of the battalion embarked by the ships gangways. Tows of six boats were
made up and each tow was linked to a steam pinnace under the command of a Midshipman.
As the boats neared the shore the naval
bombardment of the beach began. The beach on which the landing was to be made was about
350 yards in width with cliffs about 100 feet in height. A belt of barbed wire stretched
right across it and when this was noticed orders were immediately given that the attackers
were to lie down behind the wire whilst the wire cutters made a sufficient number of
passages for the men to pass through.
As the naval bombardment ceased, the Turkish
troops opened fire on the Lancashire Fusiliers going ashore. It was impossible for them to
miss. The Fusiliers rifles had become clogged with the beachs silver sand and
sea water and they were unable to fire in any effective response. Enfilading fire from the
Turkish machine guns caught the attackers in the open and it was some time before a lucky
shot from a Lancashire Fusilier managed to silence a sniper who had caused numerous
casualties by his very accurate shooting. Nevertheless the Fusiliers managed to pass
through the barbed wire and start the ascent of the cliff and by 7.15 a.m. some sort of
line was established which would protect the beach from aimed fire.
The heavy casualties amongst the Brigade staff
the Brigadier was wounded and the Brigade Major killed- made for some
disorganisation but eventually the beach and its immediate area were captured and
survivors amongst the Turkish troops taken prisoner.
General Sir Ian Hamilton ordered that
"W" Beach should be re-named Lancashire Landing and it was the intention that
this name should be as official a title as that given to "Z" Beach which became
"Anzac" for the Australians. It was not to be. Whilst "Anzac" was
retained, "Lancashire Landing" was ruled to be an unsuitable title and the name
"W" Beach was reinstated.
There is, however, a link between the exploits
of the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers at "Lancashire Landing" and the
Anzacs at Lone Pine. The attack by the 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers on 25th
April 1915 resulted in the award of six Victoria Crosses to officers and men of the
battalion. On 9th August 1915 six Australians also won the Victoria Cross in
their attack at Lone Pine one of whom was Captain Alfred John Shout whose name on
the memorial is depicted on another web page.
As regards the 1st Bn. Lancashire
Fusiliers the survivors came back to England where they were reinforced and then sent to
France. The battalion again distinguished itself, this time on the 1st July
1916 at the White City (the WW1 poet Wilfred Owen was there in 1917), near the infamous Hawthorn
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