TWELVE TREE COPSE CEMETERY
Pictures courtesy of Brian Budge and Alastair Cuthbert
Shot at Dawn
9610 Serjeant J Robins, 5th Bn. Wiltshire Regiment, executed 02/01/1916 for disobedience. Sp. Mem. C. 259
The mass pardon of 306 British Empire soldiers executed for certain offences during the Great War was enacted in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which came into effect on royal assent on 8 November 2006.
Take the road
opposite the Kabatepe Museum to Helles/Alcitepe. After 14.2 km's, take a
right turn at the 'T' junction to Twelve Tree Copse and other Helles
cemeteries. After 14.3 km's take the left fork and the cemetery will be
found on the right after 15.4 km's. Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery is in the
Helles area, about 1 km south-west of the village of Krithia.
Victoria Cross Recipient
Second Lieutenant, ALFRED VICTOR SMITH
VC, "D" Coy. 1st/5th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment, 22/12/1915, aged 24. Won his award 22/12/1915. Sp. Mem. C. 358.
Son of William Henry and Louisa Smith, of The
Chief Constable's Office, Town Hall, Burnley. Born at Guildford.
Citation: An extract from the "London Gazette," dated 3rd March, 1916, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery. He was in the act of throwing a grenade when it slipped from his hand and fell to the bottom of the trench, close to several of our officers and men. He immediately shouted out a warning, and himself jumped clear and into safety, but seeing that the officers and men were unable to get into cover, and knowing well that the grenade was due to explode, he returned without any hesitation and flung himself down on it. He was instantly killed by the explosion. His magnificent act of self-sacrifice undoubtedly saved many lives."
Some of the Servicemen buried in the cemetery or commemorated on Special Memorials
Frederick Clement Atkinson
Sp. Mem. A. 86.
Son of Cramshaw and Nancy Atkinson, of 11, Vulcan St., Nelson, Lancs. Lived at Rawtenstall.
4th June 1915, aged 26.
Sp. Mem. A. 67.
Son of Henry Hargreaves Bolton and Florence Eliza Bolton, of "Heightside," Rhos-on-Sea, Colwyn Bay. Lived at Rossendale.
Sp. Mem. A. 12.
Lived at 12? Ardwick Street, Burnley, Lancashire.
Plot I. I. 14.
Lived at 75 Milton Street, Burnley, Lancashire.
Sp. Mem. B. 18.
Lived at 54 Moseley Street, Burnley, Lancashire.
Sp. Mem. B. 72.
Lived on Earlsham Terrace, Burnley, Lancashire.
William Irvine Dyce
5th Bn. Royal Scots
18th June 1915, aged 19.
Plot I. B. 21.
Picture courtesy of
Sp. Mem. C. 104.
Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F
10th May 1915.
Commemorated on the New Zealand Memorial
Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hazeldine, of Brunnerton, Greymouth.
Picture courtesy of Tim Cross
Sp. Mem. C. 85.
Daniel Martin Taylor
7th Bn. Cameronians
28th June 1915, aged 20.
Sp. Mem. C. 372.
Son of John E. Taylor, of 19, Newlands Rd., Newlands, Glasgow.
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