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Skew Bridge Cemetery, Gallipoli Skew Bridge Cemetery, Gallipoli
First Name: George Rudolf Last Name: FIELDING
Date of Death: 24/07/1915 Lived/Born In: South Kensington
Rank: Major Unit: Sherwood Foresters9
Memorial Site: South Kensington, St Augustine

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Age-33

Skew Bridge Cemetery, 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. It was an heroic failure.

By the end 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. Then at the end of June, in the action of Gully Ravine the left flank of the allied line had been pushed forward along Gully Spur and Gully Ravine, although at great cost to most of the assaulting battalions. The enemy did not take this lying down and up until 5th July, they tried desperately to regain lost territory but to no avail. There had been a similar advance by the French along the right flank of the line that straddled the peninsular, and on 12th July there had been a partially successful attempt to push forward the centre of the line in the Action of Achi Baba Nullah. But this was the limit of offensive actions in July. New divisions from Britain were on their way and would be arriving at the end of the month and further attacks would have to wait for these necessary reinforcements. 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.

9th Sherwood Foresters arrived in Gallipoli on 21st July, 1915, as part of 33 Brigade, 11th Division. On 23rd July they moved into the front line and on 24th July, 1915, George Fielding was shot and killed by a sniper.

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