Ca­su­al­ties

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - THE BATTLE FOR GALLIPOLI -

Dur­ing the Gal­lipoli cam­paign, nearly 60,000 Al­lied troops lost their lives and over 120,000 men re­ceived wounds. The Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion marks each of the 46,000 Bri­tish and Com­mon­wealth deaths.

There are 31 ceme­ter­ies on the Gal­lipoli penin­sula. Men who have no grave are recorded on one of five memo­ri­als to the miss­ing.

The largest is the Helles Me­mo­rial at the tip of Cape Helles with 21,000 names in­scribed on pan­els around a 30 me­tre high obelisk. De­tails of all th­ese men are avail­able on the Com­mis­sion’s web­site at www.cwgc.org.

For each in­di­vid­ual you can dis­cover the name that ap­pears on the grave­stone ( gen­er­ally his full name, but not al­ways); the date of his death; his age (if known), na­tion­al­ity, rank, ser­vice num­ber and the unit to which he be­longed, to­gether with where he is buried or com­mem­o­rated.

In ad­di­tion, there may also be a brief note about a man’s par­ents or wife and any spe­cial in­scrip­tion cho­sen by the fam­ily for his grave, or oc­ca­sion­ally other in­for­ma­tion. ci­ta­tion, that is a short de­scrip­tion of why the medal was awarded.

This web­site is not easy to use and the in­dex­ing is poor. At the very least you will get the man’s name, ser­vice num­ber (not of­fi­cers), rank, reg­i­ment and the date when the award was made. For awards of the Mil­i­tary Medal (MM) this is the only in­for­ma­tion you are likely to find. There is an in­dex to Mil­i­tary Medals at the­ge­neal­o­gist.co.uk.

Ci­ta­tions for the Dis­tin­guished Con­duct Medal (DCM) are on Ances­try and

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