GRAHAM, MILTON 11140 Sergeant 6th Battalion 38th Bde 13th Division

THE LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT

Born Chorley Enlisted Chorley Living Chorley Killed in Action Gallipoli 9th August 1915

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 50.

Chorley Weekly News 4th September 1915

Information was received on Thursday last of the death in action at the Dardanelles of Quartermaster Sergeant Miles (sic) Graham, East Lancashire Regiment (sic) of 8 Spring Gardens. The deceased went through the whole of the Boer War and was the recipient of four bars for his services. He leaves a widow and two children (the Preston Guardian of the same date carries a similar report).

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With no known grave, Milton Graham’s name is commemorated on the:-

HELLES MEMORIAL, TURKEY

Names of the ‘Loyals’ are on Panels 152 to 154.

There is no next-of-kin information

The Helles Memorial bears over 20,000 names and is both the memorial to the Gallipoli campaign and to men who fell in that campaign and whose graves are unknown or who were lost or buried at sea in Gallipoli waters, except for the men of Australia and New Zealand who are named on other memorials. The Memorial stands on the tip of the peninsula and is in the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine May 1915

Baptised: 16th April 1915 Mildred daughter of Milton and Alice Graham

Gallipoli 1915: The 13th (Western) Division landed in Gallipoli in early July 1915 and on 6/7th August they took part in the Suvla Bay landings. On the night of the 9/10th, the 6th Battalion of the Loyals went into action relieving the New Zealanders on Chunuck Bair. In this engagement, things went badly wrong, other battalions failed to take up their correct positions and the 6th Loyals were overrun by the Turks taking very heavy casualties. It was in this action that Milton Graham lost his life together with fellow Leylanders Harry Bennett and Richard Woods.

Note 1:-  Despite the ‘Soldiers Died’ showing that Milton Graham was both born and living in

Chorley on his enlistment, I have come to the conclusion that he was actually living in Leyland or Farington. The Chorley Weekly News report simply states that he was of 8 Spring Gardens – no town was given. However, I can find no Springs Gardens in the Chorley Electoral Roll for 1918, nor is Milton Graham on the ‘Roll of Honour’ in Astley Hall. The entry in the St. Andrew’s Baptismal Register above seems to prove that he lived in either St. Andrew’s or St. Ambrose’s parish, therefore, as there is a Spring Gardens in both Leyland and Farington, I include him here.

Note 2:- Milton Graham’s name does not appear on any local memorials.

Graham, Milton. WE Waring 2003