World War I (1914-1918)

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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.

Photo cour­tesy of the Aus­tralian War Me­mo­rial

His­toric: the first land­ing of AN­ZAC sol­diers at Gal­lipoli in 1915

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