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Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1st Bn. in Gallipoli June 1915.


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Hi Everyone,

Many young men of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1st Bn. were lost in the Battle of Krithia in Gallipoli, 28th June - 2nd July 1915. The Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1st Bn. War Diaries, for June 1915, are missing at the National Archives. Apart from Tom Johnstone's "Orange Green & Khaki" and "Westlake's British Regiments at Gallipoli" does anyone have any further information about the activities of the RDF 1st Bn. on the 29th June when Private Anthony Devitt, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 1st Battalion, was killed?

Regards,

Ken.

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Ken

Basically I think there were no survivors left to write a War Diary. Have a read of the following which is the best I have been able to do for that perion

http://www.dublin-fusiliers.com/battaliion...-gallipoli.html

http://www.dublin-fusiliers.com/battaliion...15-06-june.html

http://www.dublin-fusiliers.com/battaliion...7/1915-jul.html

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From the late Patrick Hogarty's book 'Remembrance - a brief history of the 'Blue Caps'

10137 Pte Tony Devitt, aged 28, of 27 Convent Road, Dalkey

Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 29th June at Gully Ravine

No known grave. Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey, panel 190/196

From Steve Chambers' book 'Gully Ravine'

"About 1800 5/Gurkha and 1/Royal Munster Fusiliers were ordered to retake the lost portions of J12 and J11 ... ... ... During the time of the Gurkha and Munster attack, the 1/Royal Dublin Fusiliers were ordered up from reserve in Geoghehan's Bluff to the Barricade made by the 1/Border Regiment, later called Border Barricade. They advanced up the Gully towards the Nullah and the eastern end of trench J12. Heavy fire met the Dublins who made little progress. They did try digging a trench on the western side of the ravine to connect with J12 but Fierce Turkish opposition forced them back to the line of J11a. Lieutenant O'Hara of the 1/ Royal Dublin Fusiliers writes that we were in a condition bordering on lunacy when it was all over."

Steve's book also has details of two Dubs officers killed that day including a full page devoted to a letter written (to the family? of one) describing the circumstances of his death. Steve's book was published in the Battleground Europe series by Pen & Sword in 2003, ISBN 0 85052 923 9

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Ken

Basically I think there were no survivors left to write a War Diary. Have a read of the following which is the best I have been able to do for that perion

http://www.dublin-fusiliers.com/battaliion...-gallipoli.html

http://www.dublin-fusiliers.com/battaliion...15-06-june.html

http://www.dublin-fusiliers.com/battaliion...7/1915-jul.html

Corisande,

Thank you for reply. I have been locked out of my account for a couple of weeks and was unable to reply. Everything is fine again, so just to say that I appreciate your kind interest.

Ken.

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