On Saturday 12th August, the military museums in Warwick are jointly staging a series of events at the Court House in Jury Street to mark the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign that took place in the summer of 1915.
Unlocking Warwick’s researchers have established that there are 8 names on the WW1 plaques on the Warwick War Memorial of men who did not survive the battles on the Turkish peninsular of Gallipoli. They are:
William Garfield Beech. Known as Garfield, he was a butcher living at 51 Smith Street. He had served with the 1st Warwickshire Yeomanry in the Boer War. He died at Gallipoli on 31st August 1915.
Edward Albert Cox. ‘Ted’ Cox was one of a family of seven children living at 43 Emscote Road. His brother, John, died in France during WW1, and Ted was killed at Gallipoli ‘rescuing wounded comrades’.
Charles Joseph Fleet. Recorded as a ‘rubber-down’ at a motor works, Charles was a Corporal in the Marine Light Infantry, living in Warwick at the outbreak of WW1. Awarded the DSM, he died of his wounds at Gallipoli in June 1915.
Patrick Hughes. ‘Paddy’ Hughes, born at 19 Crompton Street, in 1902, became a rifleman serving with the Prince of Wales Volunteers. Died of his wounds at the battle of Sari Bair, Gallipoli in August 1915.
Alfred Greatrex Kemp. He was a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. The Kemps, living at 10 Jury Street, were a prominent Warwick family. Alfred was killed in August 1915 at the Battle of Sari Bair.
Sidney William Ledbrook. His family lived at 9 Swan Street. Sidney was an electrical engineer who served as a ‘sapper’ with the Royal Marine Engineers. One of the first to land in the Dardenelles, he was killed by shell shrapnel.
Percy Hutchinson Reader. The son of a labourer living at 91 West Street, Percy was a private serving with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was killed in the Gallipoli campaign at the age of nineteen.
Arthur Edward Wyatt. A private with the 4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment who lived in Union Road. He was killed in action at Krithia Vineyard during the Gallipoli campaign.