Kendal's first Gallipoli & first 6th casualty John Wilson

Kendal's first Gallipoli & first 6th casualty John Wilson

Postby plbramham » Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:29 pm

Kendal's first Gallipoli & first 6th battalion casualty John Wilson. From Westmorland Mercury & Times August 1915
(Sorry for the poor image quality but it is copied directly from a microfilm reader screen which has uneven illumination and the reproduction on microfilm is not great at recording images – very contrasty. The alternative is to have a printout but those results in a photocopy type give an even higher contrast result. Of course the original image in the paper would not have been great to begin with due to the massive dots on the printing screen used to make the blocks in those days.)
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Re: Kendal's first Gallipoli & first 6th casualty John Wils

Postby kerchi » Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:44 am

John, along with his comrades who died that day, and any day during the Dardanelle's campaign, will always be remembered.

An interesting photo as it was taken by his brother moments before going into the trenches and that it was possibly the last ever photo taken of John.
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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Re: Kendal's first Gallipoli & first 6th casualty John Wils

Postby CockneyTone » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:47 am

Great photo of him, thank you for sharing it.
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Re: Kendal's first Gallipoli & first 6th casualty John Wils

Postby plbramham » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:06 am

CWGC have Wilson's date of death as 23/7/15 so this must be him - the only fatal casualty that day (underlined by myself) in battalion war diary, just 2 days after he landed, Paul

21/7/15 HELLES. 01.00 – Battalion disembarked in two [crossed out] three parties by the hulk of the SS River Clyde in 3 parties. Just after the first party was landed, the other two parties had to put back, owing to heavy shellfire, and came in later. The whole were disembarked without loss. Battalion first bivouacked in the Portsmouth Lines. Fatigue partys work on the beach in the morning & afternoon were shelled, one man being wounded.As the transport arrived with the stores about 4.30pm, they were shelled from “Achi Baba”. Two men were killed and one wounded. During the evening just after dark all stores etc were moved to a new bivouac just East of the Divl [divisional?] ammunition Park about 300 yards from our first bivouac.
22/7/15. 08.00 - CO, Adjutant, Coy commanders and 2 officers per company visited the fire trench of the 6th Lincoln Regt & the Bn Royal Naval Division, the remainder of the Battalion were employed on fatigues. Battalion moving to their next bivouac during the day. 2 men were wounded by shellfire.
23/7/15- Battalion remained at rest in dugouts. 1 man was killed & 1 wounded on night of 23rd & 24th
24/7/15 REST BIVOUAC - Battalion in rest bivouacs all day and employed on fatigues. (No casualties.)
25/7/15 ESKE LINES BROWN HOUSE. 10.00 - Left rest bivouac & took over duties of battalion in reserve all day, men employed in strengthening reserve trenches, also general fatigues (No casualties)
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Re: Kendal's first Gallipoli & first 6th casualty John Wils

Postby plbramham » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:19 am

Note on the newspaper cutting it says that the photo was taken by his brother.
On the 1911 census he is listed with a brother "Albert" (crossed out, with what appears to be "away" next to it) - his occupation states photo taker! Paul
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