Next year Gawler RSL will, with all Australians and New Zealanders, celebrate the centenary of the first Anzac Day, on April 25, 1915, where many brave souls were lost.
Arthur Gawler Short .
There were 16 known soldiers with a Gawler connection who perished 100 years ago at Gallipoli, including two on April 25.
“We are extremely proud of the Gawler contribution at Gallipoli,” Gawler RSL spokesperson Wayne Clarke said.
“It was a revelation for us that, after some research, there were so many. And many of those who returned were the foundation members of Gawler RSL. I did not realise the enormity of their contributions.”
There are still a number of descendants of those who passed in World War I, living in Gawler.
Many soldiers first signed up in Gawler, with a “camp” set up at the Evanston racecourse.
“The 10th Battalion, which included many men from Gawler, spearheaded the first waves of landings at Gallipoli,” Mr Clarke said.
“Some of the worst losses of our men were at Lone Pine, which changed hands a dozen times, and became a stalemate.
“Many of the 3rd Light Horse men were killed at Gallipoli, as they were thrust into the infantry without their horses.”
Of the 16 soldiers with a Gawler connection, two were employed at James Martin foundry in the town, Joseph Gilbert and John Turnbull; two died on April 25, (Major) Edward Oldham and Cyril Smith; and one even took the town’s name to Gallipoli, Arthur Gawler Short.
Gawler RSL is preparing to honour the centenary with a March, which will include Light-Horsemen, bands and a large choir from St Bridget’s, and an anniversary booklet.
Sidney Torrington Allen (Private, 17th Battalion). Born: July 4, 1883, Gawler, SA; Killed in Action: Gallipoli Peninsular, December 7, 1915.
William Albert Baker (Trooper, 9th Light Horse). Born: December 15, 1880, Noarlunga, SA; Killed in Action: Gallipoli, Turkey, November 28, 1915.
Eric Chalcroft Bell (Private, 3rd Light Horse). Born: January 5, 1893, Basket Range, SA; Killed in Action: Monash Valley, Gallipoli Peninsular, May 19, 1915.
John Stirling Bowden (Private, 10th Battalion). Born: August 17, 1892, Stirling West, SA; Killed in Action: Gallipoli, Turkey, April 25-29, 1915.
Ernest Otto Alfred Bruns (Lieutenant, 16th Battalion). Born: September 11, 1890, Salem, SA; Killed in Action: Gallipoli, May 2, 1915.
Andrew Downie Cochrane (Private, 27th Battalion). Born: Dundee, Scotland; Died of Wounds, Gallipoli Peninsula, December 9, 1915.
Christopher Frank Forrest (Private, 11th Battalion 3rd Infantry Brigade). Born: July 28, 1894, Dalkey, SA. Killed in Action: Dardanelles, August 4, 1915.
Joseph Gilbert (Private, 1st/6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, British Army). Born: August 7, 1884, Pewsey Vale, SA; Died of Wounds: Gallipoli, May 28, 1915.
Richard Hubert Hogben (Sergeant, “D” Company, 16th Battalion). Born: April 5, 1881, Kangaroo Flat, SA; Died of Wounds: Gallipoli, May 2, 1915.
Frank James (Private, 10th Battalion). Born: July 30, 1879, Port Augusta, SA; Died of Wounds: in 17th General Hospital, Alexandria, May 4, 1915.
Roy Stevens McLachlan (Private, 12th Battalion). Born: Lyndoch, SA; Killed in Action: Gallipoli, August 9, 1915.
Edward Castle Oldham (Major, 10th Battalion). Born: September 8, 1876, Gawler, SA; Killed in Action: Gallipoli, April 25, 1915.
James John Sheedy (Private, 10th Battalion). Born: Virginia, SA; Killed in Action: Gallipoli Peninsular, April 27, 1915.
Arthur Gawler Short (Private, 16th Battalion). Born: June 28, 1886, Gawler, SA; Killed in Action: Gallipoli Peninsular, August 8, 1915.
Cyril Charles Smith (Private, 10th Battalion). Born: October 25, 1892, Willaston, SA; Killed in Action: Gallipoli Peninsular, April 25, 1915.
John Sanderson Turnbull (Private, 10th Battalion). Born: Benfieldshire, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Durham, England; Killed in Action: Gallipoli Peninsular, July 6, 1915.
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