WORLD WAR ONE CENTENARY

AUGUST 1915

TISBURY AND THE GREAT WAR

David Childs

In August the focus of attention turned to Gallipoli, where several Tisbury lads were serving, as the allies launched a new assault in an effort to advance from the beach heads where they had been pinned down since the landings in April. The plan was for a fresh landing at Suvla Bay, towards the head of the peninsular, with simultaneous assaults launched at both Helles, by the Anglo-French and ANZAC by the Australian and New-Zealanders and attached British forces. The battle began with a diversionary assault by the Australians at Lone Pine where the opposing trenches were only a few yards apart. The attack was successful but the counter-attack was carried out with such determination that the Australians won seven VC's just defending their positions. The landings at Suvla were unopposed but by the time the dilatory British started to move inshore their tardiness had given Turkish reinforcements time to move into the rimming hills and drive them back.

At ANZAC the attack also a failed: the Australian Light Horse were slaughtered at The Nek; the New Zealanders failed to reach the commanding heights of Canak Bair; and many British units, including some of the Wiltshire Regiment, were wiped out as an avalanche of Turkish soldiers broke over the hills and engulfed them.

TISBURY'S FALLEN

On 7 August, Private John Augustus Hibberd, aged 27, serving with The Australian Infantry Force, died in the battle at Lone Pine. He was the son of John and Sarah Hibberd of Alexander Terrace.

On 10th August 18 year old, Stanley Macey and 21 year old, John Woods, both Privates in the 5th (Service) Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment, died when the Turks attacked their position below Canak Bair.

On 12th August Ernest Tanner, also a private in the 5th Battalion, aged 20 , son of Arthur and Mary Tanner of Swallowcliffe, died during the same battle.

None of the above has a known grave but their names are commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Turkey which bears the names of over 20,000 names of men who fell in the Gallipoli Campaign or in the seas around.

POEM FOR AUGUST

Paul Bewsher became an aviator serving in the Royal Naval Air Service but began his service life as a balloon handler onboard HMS Manica at Gallipoli where he wrote the following poem of loss. He was one of the first poets to write of the war from the point of view of the airman a genre that led to the remark that, 'A new domain has been won for poetry by the war - that of the air.'

Where stern grey busts of gods and heroes old
Frown down upon the corridors' chill stone,
On which the sunbeam's amber pale is thrown
From leaf-fringed windows, one of quiet mould
Gazed long at those white chronicles which told
Of honours that the stately School had known.
He read the names: and wondered if his own
Would ever grace the walls in letters bold.

He knew not that he for the School would gain
A greater honour with a greater price -
That, no long years of work, but bitter pain
And his rich life, he was to sacrifice -
Not in a University's grey peace,
But on the hilly sun-baked Chersonese.

H.M.S. "Manica,"
Dardanelles, 1915.

On the seventieth anniversary of the ending of the Second World War on VJ Day it is beholden to remember those members of our community who died fighting in the Far East. They were:

George Frank Brown
Gordon Thomas Hoskins
Clement Benjamin Moxham
Alfred John Triggs

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