MARSDEN, THOMAS 18134 Private 1st Battalion 87th Brigade 29th Division

THE BORDER REGIMENT

Born Leyland Enlisted and Living Bolton

Killed in Action Gallipoli 21st August 1915

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’. Part 39.

Thomas Marsden’s name does not appear on any Leyland memorial. Nor has a report of his death been found in any local newspaper.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With no-known-grave, Thomas Marsden is commemorated on the

HELLES MEMORIAL, TURKEY

His name appears on either Panels 119 to125, or, on Panel 222 or 223. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Marsden, Antelope Hotel, Little Hulton, Bolton.

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 and can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles.

‘Gallipoli 1915’ Campaign Series 8 by Philip J. Haythornthwaite

The Landing at Cape Helles, 25th April, 1915

The 1st Battalion Border Regiment was part of the second wave to land on “X” Beach from HMS Implacable on the 25th of April 1915.

In August 1915 the 29th Division was transferred from Helles to take part in another attack at Suvla. This veteran division, worn down by casualties and illness, was supported by the newly arrived 2nd Mounted Division from Egypt.

The attack was scheduled for August 21st, the objective for the 87th Brigade being Scimitar Hill. In the event the 11th Division was unable to attain it’s objectives and thus could not support the 29th Divisions advance. Eventually, the whole force fell back with heavy losses (5,300 from 14,300) with no gain whatsoever. This was the engagement in which Thomas Marsden lost his life.

Marsden, Thomas. WE Waring 2005