December: we remember

Using data from census records, war graves and war memorials we can begin to discover the names of those from the historic boroughs of Finsbury and Islington who died at Gallipoli.

In December we remember the death of:


Private John Clampitt
Gloucestershire Regiment – 7th Service Battalion


Temporary Sub-Lieutenant Charles Bridgland
Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve – Drake Battalion
Heywood House, Camdon Road, London NW

Private John Gasson
London Regiment – 2nd (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers)


Private William Hughes
Worcestershire Regiment – 9th Battalion
8 Randall Road, Clifton Bristol, Avon


Driver Herbert John Fordham
Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery – 66th Bde. H.Q.
28 Russell Road, Parlmer’s Green, London

Corporal John Mandall
South Wales Borderers – 2nd Battalion
32 Peerless Street, City Road, London

Finsbury Rifles

Finsbury Rifles in Gallipoli: 13 December to 18 December

Date: 12. or 13.12.1915
Camp cleaned up during morning and at 1245 Battn fell in with Bdexxx? To NORTH PIER. At 1430 embarked on HMT ALAUNIA. Battn on duty all loading and unloading fatigue provided. 3 men to hospital.

Date: 14.12.1915
Transport sailed at 1600. Routine parade and inspection during day. Uneventful night.

Date: 15.12.1915
Arrived MILO at 0800 and remained in harbour until 1230 when voyage continued. Routine as before. I man to hospital.

Date: 16.12.1915
Battalion on duty and nearly whole strength required for ships guards and fatigues, routine modified accordingly. At dusk news of a submarine in neighbourhood received and MG Officers remained by guns all night.

Date: 17.12.1915
Quiet day and night. Routine as usual. Practised alarm during morning.

Date: 18.12.1915
Arrived at ALEXANDRIA at dawn. Disembarked at 1230 and proceeded by road and train to SIDI BISCH where remainder of day spent in preparing camp.

Finsbury Rifles

Finsbury Rifles in Gallipoli: 6 December to 12 December

Date: 6.12.1915
Battalion paraded at 1000 for company training. Camp inspected by CO. 4 men to hospital.

Date: 7.12.1915
All tents struck during reorganisation of Brigade Camp and repitched during afternoon. 3 men to hospital. Sundry fatigue parties furnished.

Date: 8.12.1915
Routine parades and inspections, as before. Information received that draft from England would join Battalion the following day. Draft inspected during afternoon at 54th Div TBD Camp by CO. 2 men to hospital.

Date: 9.12.1915
Morning parades and inspection as usual. 3 officers and 97 other ranks from 3/11th Battalion and 27 returned casualties arrived during afternoon. Fresh camp pitched on south side of existing camp. 4 men to hospital.

Date: 10.12.1915
Battn on duty for Bde and Brigade being in waiting, also on duty for Division. Numerous Brigade and Divisional Guards on fatigues and provides picquets day and night.

Date: 11.12.1915
Battn medically inspected by MO 1/10th London Regiment. Routine inspections and parades as usual as far as possible.

Date: 12.12.1915
Battalion paraded 1000 for church parade with remainder of Brigade. Orders received that division would embark for EGYPT following day.