Gallipoli 1915 We Were There - Recollections of Coddington Soldiers, Herefordshire
Book published by Greyhound, 92 pages. Paperback (N6113X1)
From the introduction: In 1914 there was unrest within Europe, Military Historians claim mat war was inevitable even before the death of Franz Ferdinand. Many men were engaged in Agriculture at this time. Life for them was very arduous. Wages were poor, wives often had to go out to work to supplement the meagre funds available to live. Suddenly there was an opportunity for these men to go overseas and fight for their Country, so they enlisted by the thousands, totally unaware of the horrors they were going to face. Sadly many of the men never returned.
In August 1914, the 1st Battalion Hereforshire Regiment was mobilised as part of 158 Brigade in 53rd (Welsh) Division. It was later re-numbered as 1st/1st Battalion, as two other line battalions were raised during the war, 2nd/1st and 3rdl1st. Neither saw active service and were eventually absorbed into 4th (Reserve) Battalion KSLI.
They embarked at Devonport on the SS Euripedes on 16th July 1915. There were 29 officers and 969 other ranks but they had sustained losses by the time they landed at 'C' beach at Suvla Bay on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey on the 9th August at 7.20 am. After the withdrawal from Gallipoli, they set off for Alexandria in Egypt travelling via Lemnos on 12th December 1915. The Battalion was involved in the defence of the Suez Canal at the battle of Rumania in July 1916 and they then took part in the Palestine Campaign under General Allenby, to drive the Turks out of Palestine. The Battalion was at all three battles of Gaza and also at Beersheba, reaching Jerusalem in December 1917. On 1st June 1918 they left the Division and moved to France, landing at Taranto (Italy) on 22nd June 1918. On 30th June 1918 they were attached to 102nd Infantry Brigade of the 34th Division.
A typewritten account was made by interviewing some of the soldiers on their return to Coddington in 1918. The following is their story.
The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a price printed and a small price sticker, both on the rear side cover.