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Helles Memorial, Gallipoli Helles Memorial, Gallipoli
First Name: Victor Last Name: ALLEN
Date of Death: 14/05/1915 Lived/Born In: Chalk Farm
Rank: Private Unit: Royal Fusiliers2
Memorial Site: 1. Chalk Farm, St Silas 2. Helles Memorial, Gallipoli

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Born-St Pancras


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.

The 2nd Royal Fusiliers battalion of 86 Brigade, 29th Division had been at Helles since the landings and had been heavily involved in the fighting since then. Between 10th May and 17th May, thee battalion was out of the front line but even so, on the confined space in Allied hands at Helles, no one was ever safe from Turkish artillery, whether at rest or not and it is likely that it was shell fire that resulted in the death of Victor Allen on 14th May.

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