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Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli
First Name: Dudley Heforn Last Name: STANDRING
Date of Death: 30/05/1915 Lived/Born In: South Hampstead
Rank: Captain Unit: Manchester8
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Age-31

40, Alexandra Road, South Hampstead

Redoubt Cemetery, Helles, Gallipoli

Gallipoli 1915

On 25 April, British, Australian and New Zealand forces landed on the Gallipoli peninsula. The plan was that these forces would soon defeat a demoralised Turkish army, knock Turkey out of the war, open up the Mediterranean to the Russian navy and threaten Austro-Hungary from the south. None of these things were achieved despite nine months of hard fighting in terrible conditions. The fighting soon degenerated into trench warfare with the Allies unable to break out of their toe holds on the tip of the Helles peninsular and at ANZAC Cove. The Turkish soldiers were much tougher fighters than they had been given credit for and they were of course fighting an invasion of their homeland. The terrain, a series of steep rocky ridges and deep gullies made the fighting much more difficult  and during the hot summer of 1915, the flies arrived in biblical proportions. By January 1916, all British, Australian and New Zealand forces had left Gallipoli, leaving only behind the dead, over 56,000 of them.

After the Second Battle of Krithia, fought between the 6th and 8th May, 1915 and which was a costly failure, it was decided to wait for much needed reinforcements before trying to capture Krithia and  the heights of Achi Baba once more. In the meantime all units were ordered to hold and strengthen their positions and to make what inroads they could into the enemy positions.

On 1st May, 1915 the 42nd Division, made up of Territorial Army units, began arriving at Helles. 125 (Lancashire Fusiliers) Brigade were the first ashore and the only brigade to see action during the 2nd Battle of Krithia. By 6th May, 1915 8th Manchester, 127 Brigade had disembarked at Helles and at the end of the month they were in the front line in the Krithia Nullah sector. Captain Standring died of wounds on 30th May,1915, but as yet there is no information as to when and where he was wounded.

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