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Helles Memorial, Gallipoli Helles Memorial, Gallipoli
First Name: George Alexander Last Name: POWELL
Date of Death: 28/06/1915 Lived/Born In: Earl's Court
Rank: Lieutenant Unit: Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers1
Memorial Site: 1. South Kensington, St Jude 2. Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

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Age-18

Attached from King's Royal Rifle Corps15

8, Gledhow Gardens, Earl's Court,

Gallipoli 1915

On 25 April, British, Australian and New Zealand forces landed on the Gallipoli peninsula hoping for a quick campaign that would knock Turkey out of the war. But it was not to be. The Turks fought bravely, the terrain was a maze of ravines and very soon the stalemate of trench warfare had set in. Add to this the summer heat, water shortages, dead bodies lying around and millions of flies and the place took on nightmarish proportions. By January 1916, all British, French, Indian, Australian and New Zealand forces had left Gallipoli, leaving only behind the dead, over 56,000 of them.

The Action of Gully Ravine-28th June 1915

The Second Battle of Krithia, fought between the 6th and 8th May, 1915 failed because both flanks of the attack were unable to gain ground and the Turks were then able to direct their fire on the centre from these positions. So, it was decided that before a new offensive was launched both flanks should be advanced and on 21st June, 1915, the French managed successfully to do this on the right  when they bombarded and captured the crest of the Kereves Spur. On 28th June it was the turn of the British to do likewise on the left flank. The attack along Gully Spur by 29th Division at first went well but the further they progressed the greater became the Turkish resistance until the attack finally ground to a halt. Further desperate, almost suicidal attacks by the Turks over the next two days failed to dislodge the British and resulted only in enormous casualties among their ranks. However the advance made by 156 Brigade of the recently arrived 52nd Division, along Fir Tree Spur on the other Side of Gully Ravine was a disaster. The bombardment of the Turkish positions had been virtually non-existent and the assaulting troops met concentrated machine gun fire and suffered enormous losses. By the end of the day the survivors were back in their original trenches.

87 Brigade attacked on the left along the seaward side of Gully Spur with 1st Border and 2nd South Wales Borderers leading the attack at 11am. They soon secured their objectives and at 11.10am the two support battalions, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and 1st Scottish Borderers, passed through to continue the attack. Ten minutes later and after advancing over open ground, 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were also at their objective, trenches almost on the outskirts of the village of Krithia where they had to repel enemy counter attacks that night and all of the next day.

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