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Helles Memorial, Gallipoli Helles Memorial, Gallipoli
First Name: Richard Henry Last Name: HUNT
Date of Death: 21/06/1915 Lived/Born In: Paddington
Rank: Corporal Unit: South Wales Borderers2
Memorial Site: Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

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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 in 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.

2nd South Wales Borderers, 87 Brigade, 29th Division had been in the thick of the fighting since the landings and had suffered many casualties. Richard Hunt died of wounds on 21st June, 1915, but as yet there is no information as to when and where he was wounded.

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