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First Name: Ernest Last Name: GROSE
Date of Death: 25/04/1915 Lived/Born In: Clapham
Rank: Able Seaman Unit: HMS Cornwallis
Memorial Site: Chatham Naval Memorial

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Gallipoli 1915

On 25 April, 1915, 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 a heroic failure.

The 29th Division and the Royal Naval Division landed at five separate beaches around Cape Helles.  Some were not defended, others were fiercely contested. Some ground was gained but within days the familiar pattern of trench warfare had set in. A similar pattern emerged further north where the ANZACS landed. The Turkish soldiers were much tougher fighters than 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. Another seven British divisions were sent to Gallipoli during the summer but little or no progress was made. In the end, a new Commander was appointed and plans to evacuate the entire force were drawn up. By January 1916, all British, Australian and New Zealand forces had left Gallipoli, leaving only behind the dead, over 56,000 of them.

HMS Cornwallis was a Duncan class pre-Dreadnought battleship and on 25th April 1915, during the Gallipoli landings she was in Morto Bay, supporting the landings at S Beach. Fifteen of her crew, including Ernest Grose, were killed or died of wounds on that day most likely as a result of Turkish gunfire. 

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