William, I do not know the precise circumstances of your death, but, as a former soldier myself, doing my National Service in 1950 with the 1st Battalion of the Lincolns in the Suez Canal Zone, I can still salute you as the brave NCO you undoubtedly were, serving in the 6th Service Battalion of the Lincolns, who died in the service of his country in the late summer of 1915 in Gallipoli. I understand that you took part in the landing at Suvla Bay on 9th August 1915, which was hoped would enable the Commonwealth forces to overcome the Turkish resistance to the first landing in April, which, after terrible losses on both sides, led to the sacking of the general in charge of the operation. You were commemorated with 250 other Lincolns on the Helles Memorial to the Missing, having no known grave. We read that the Turkish artillery defence was ferocious, yet you bravely attacked in the face of it, suffering the consequences, which is why your remains were not recovered from the field of battle for proper burial. I am so proud of the honourable record of members of my old regiment, for the Lincolns were mentioned several times in the official accounts as being in the forefront of the fighting. I write these notes on Saturday 25th April 2015, one hundred years to the day since the first landing in Gallipoli, after watching the television commemoration at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, at which Her Majesty the Queen laid the first wreath. You are all also remembered every year at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, when the parade is at the attention while the Queen’s Colour and the National Standard are dipped in salute as the Last Post is sounded. I offer my sympathy to your relatives who mourned your sacrifice. Rest in Peace. Harry.

Henry Harrison