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Remembered Today:

Edward Sydney Manley, Deal Bn., RMLI, RND


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Remembered today on the Great War Forum; EDWARD SYDNEY MANLEY

from the CWGC


Initials: E S

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Royal Marine Light Infantry

Unit Text: Deal Bn. R.N. Div

Age: 21

Date of Death: 02/05/1915

Service No: CH/18629

Additional information: Son of Henry Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Manley, of 73, Ardoch Rd., Catford, London.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 6.


from 'Britain's Sea Soldiers' by Gen Sir H. E. Blumberg

"At 1 a.m. on 2nd, the Turks rallied at the head of the valley, and attacked again on the right, as soon as the moon rose. Sweeping past the left of the Australians on Bolton's Hill, they attacked the Deal Battalion. At 2 a.m., masses of the enemy were seen in front of 'D' Company, (Major Tupman) on the right and an attack was launched by them shortly afterwards. The Marines were kept under cover, until the Turks could be seen charging in the dim light, when orders were given to stand up and fire. The attackers were mown down by rifle fire, and only a few reached the parapet, where they were shot down by rifles and revolvers over the top. Attacks were also made on 'A' and 'C' companies of this Battalion, and they were also able to enfilade the attack on the Portsmouth Battalion, whilst artillery at 700 yards range, assisted in repelling the attack. No more direct attacks were made but movement of considerable bodies were seen, and fire opened upon them.

As the Australian History says, 'The Marines bore the brunt of Mustafa Kamal's third attack; though better timed and delivered than the last, it completely failed.'

On the morning of 2ns May, the Royal Marine Brigade was relieved in the trenches by the 1st Australian Brigade, which had been rested and re-organised, and the Marines moved into bivouacs. Deal moved down to the beach at the bottom of Victoria Gully and were then ordered to dig trenches in Monash Valley."

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A typo of mine may have contributed to the confusion here

This has now been corrected

My sincere apologies to the memory of Manley and to yourself


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