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Lt Col William George Heys, 1/8th (Ardwick) Manchester Regiment KIA Ga

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JOSTURM

Does anyone have a photo or any details of Lt Colonel Heys of 1/8th Manchesters who was killed in Gallipoli.

Many thanks

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4th Jun 15. Final preparations for attack. Our artillery commenced heavy bombardment of enemies (sic) trenches in our front at 11:00 and ceased at 12:00 when the attack was launched. A and B Coys first line, C and D second line. A and B Coys to occupy main Turkish trench (1st objective) which they were successful in carrying out. C and D to go over 1st objective and occupy 2nd objective, which was high ground overlooking 1st objective. They succeeded in getting to this position in this they were assisted by A and B who went forward with them. They held on to their position all day being heavily counter attacked. Owing to the right of our attacking line not going as far as our Brigade, the 1/7th Bn MANCHESTER REGT on right was compelled to fall back on 1st objective and each Battalion fell back in succession, to the main Turkish trench which was held and consolidated. The Battalion suffered heavily, losing the undermentioned Officers:-


Lt Col W G HEYS, Capts OLDFIELD, ROSE, Lts HELM, HEYWOOD, R MARSDEN, WOMERSLEY, HALL, INGRAM also Capt TALBOT (1/1st Bn LANCASHIRE FUS attached).


Officers Wounded - Capt BLUHM, Capt LINGS, Lt WALLWORK, RAILTON, BLUHM, MURDOCK, Capt BIRD (1/8th Bn LANCASHIRE FUS attached). Out of 17 Officers in action 9 were killed, 7 wounded and 1 only remaining.

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HarryBrook

An obituary, with photo, was published in The Manchester Evening News on Thursday June 10 1915

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David_Underdown

John William (Jack) Womersley, also listed among the casualties See

Certainly in the case of Womersley, joining the masons followed his commission in the battalion. Most of the officers seem to have been members of Manchester's professional class, Heys stated in the article above to be a patent agent, Womersley an accountant, others listed as solicitors.

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HarryBrook

Lt.-Col. Heys taking command of the Brigade at the time he was killed was reported in the Manchester Evening News on Wednesday 23.6.1915

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HarryBrook

The Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser also carried an obituary for Lt.-Col. Heys on Friday 11.6.1915

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David_Underdown

Looking back at the paperwork in JW Womersley's record I see that the recommendation for a commission was signed by "G W Heys, Major & Hon Lieut-Colonel. Commanding 8th (A) Battalion Manchester Regiment". This is interesting as it's dated 3 January 1913 (Womersley having completed his application form on 27 December 1912), and the newspaper article (backed up by the London Gazette https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/28810/page/2068) suggests that Heys was only promoted to the substantive rank of Lt Col, and battalion command, in March 1914.

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JOSTURM

A big thank you to all for your time and information. Fantastic.

Josturm

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David William Gill

Photograph taken in Alexandria of the 1/8th (Ardwick) Manchester Regiment Band. My grandfather is on the 2nd row up, 5th from the left. Bandsman William Harrop KIA 12th May 1915. Lt Col William George Heys, appears to be on the 1st row, 4th from the left.

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themonsstar

Hi David

 

Great photo of the band, I grew up around Ardwick and knew the  barracks extremely well, the boy soldier really does make the photograph unique.

 

Roy

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David William Gill
13 hours ago, themonsstar said:

Hi David

 

Great photo of the band, I grew up around Ardwick and knew the  barracks extremely well, the boy soldier really does make the photograph unique.

 

Roy

Hi Roy,

Thanks for your reply.

There was an interesting story attached to the boy. He stowed away to stay with his father. (The man on the right). It would be interesting to find out the names of the men in the photograph and how many survived.

Dave.

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