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Helles Memorial, Gallipoli Helles Memorial, Gallipoli
First Name: Cecil Ernest Cloar Last Name: FLOOD
Date of Death: 10/06/1915 Lived/Born In: Herne Hill
Rank: Sub Lieutenant Unit: Royal Naval Division Anson Battalion
Memorial Site: 1. Dulwich College Memorial 2. Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

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161 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill

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. It was an heroic failure.

By the middle of June 1915, there had been three attempts at Helles to capture the village of Krithia and the heights of Achi Baba beyond it and all three had failed at great cost of human life. Future plans now revolved around fresh divisions arriving from Britain but that was still six weeks off and in the meantime it was a matter of holding the line and through a series of small attacks and raids trying to undermine, often literally, the Turkish positions.

 

The Royal Naval Division had been in the thick of the fighting since the landings. Sub Lieutenant Flood of the Anson battalion, died on 10th June, 1915, but as yet there is no information concerning his death.

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