World War I (1914-1918)
Australians volunteered enthusiastically for the first major conflict after Federation, including dozens from the Douglas region.
The failed 1915 assault on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey was the first major action in which a lot of these men took part.
Six men from Douglas died at Gallipoli and are honoured at the haunting Lone Pine Memorial: Louis Arntzen, Patrick Casey, George Chimes, Arthur Hodgkinson, Percy Rex and Henry Waygood.
Arthur Hodgkinson and George Chimes died on 8 August in the 15th Battalion’s attempt to take Hill 971, one of the fiercest fights at Gallipoli. Arthur’s personal belongings, sent home to his father, consisted of just a razor, a comb and a waistcoat.
Henry Waygood died in the 15th battalion’s failed attempt to take Hill 60 on 27 August.
A further 18 men from Douglas died on the western front in France and Belgium, during the bloody muddy stalemate which lasted until 1918.
Andrew Jack was killed near Ypres, one of the most hotlycontested towns on entire front line.
In all, 39 men from Douglas died in fighting during WWI.
Historic: the first landing of ANZAC soldiers at Gallipoli in 1915