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Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli
First Name: Charles George Last Name: DOWLING
Date of Death: 12/05/1915 Lived/Born In: Upton Park
Rank: Corporal Unit: Royal Field Artillery 92 Battery 17 Brigade
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25, Walpole Road, Upton Park

Lancashire Landing 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. 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.

92 Battery were part of 17 Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery attached to 29th Division. Whilst in action they had been hampered by two important factors. First was the acute shortage of shells which meant that their support for infantry attacks and counter battery activity were sorely limited. But even if there had been plenty of ammunition it may not have made a great difference because the positions held by the Turks were largely unknown. Nevertheless they fired away while at the same time being vulnerable themselves to the enemy artillery and snipers and it was no doubt one of these that resulted in the death Charles Dowling who died from wounds on 12th May.

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