Tipton

Remembers

Private 15139 Benjamin Fellows


Killed in Action Gallipoli on Monday, 9th August 1915, age unknown.
Commemorated on Panel 134 to 136 of Helles Memorial, Turkey.

7th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 33rd Brigade of 11th Division.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Tipton, Resident: Unknown.

First landed Balkans, 21st July 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/695953/


Genealogical Data

1901 Census
4 Railway Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Fellows (51, Slack Boat Unloader, born Madeley), his wife Mary A. (56, born Tipton), and their 4 children: Thomas (18, Slack Boat Loader, born Tipton), Benjamin (16, Iron Worker, born Tipton), Edward (12, born Tipton), and George (6, born Tipton).

Marriage of Benjamin Fellows and Elizabeth Mann registered March quarter 1907 in West Bromwich.

1911 Census
9 Canalside, Brickhouse Lane, Great Bridge, Staffs.
Thomas Fellows (61, No Occupation, born West Bromwich), and 2 of his children: George (16, Warehouseman at Iron Works, born Tipton), and Benjamin (23, Labourer, born West Bromwich), plus Benjamin's wife Elizabeth (22, born Tipton), and their 2 children: Benjamin (2, born West Bromwich), and George (9 months, born Tipton).


Personal Data

Benjamin and George Fellows were brothers.

Benjamin's Medal Index Card said that his son applied for his medals on 25th July 1925.


Action resulting in his death

On August 6th the 7th South Staffs took part in the landings at 'B' beach Suvla Bay, two days later the 7th South Staffs took part in an attack on Chocolate and Scimitar Hill which went disastrously wrong. The 'History of the 7th South Staffs' reports 400 casualties, this is highly likely as 118 Other Ranks and 3 Officers were killed, amongst them 9 Tipton men. Benjamin Fellows, like all 9 of the Tipton men, has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.


A short extract from the 7th South Staffs War Diary of the events of the 8/9th August written by the Second in command of the 7th South Staffs Lt-Colonel A. Tool:
"Most of that night, the 8/9th, we spent in very slowly working our way back to the 33rd Brigade rendezvous. It was not really a very long way, but the dense scrub necessitated "snake" formation, and every time there was a check, which was very often, men dropped down asleep, and had to be kicked up by the officers.

As far as I can remember we were quite punctual at our rendezvous with the 6/Lincolns on our left, but the Borderers, who should have been on our right, were not in sight, and we were sent off and told that they would join in, which they did later on.

The right of the S.Staffs was to direct the 33rd Brigade on the line "Summit of Scimitar Hill - "W" Hill, and Col. Daukes ordered me to go forward with the leading troops and see that direction was accurately kept. To my horror I saw the companies starting to advance in the column of route, but I quickly ran up and shook them out into artillery formation, We had almost reached Scimitar Hill, the Borderers having come into place, when a Subaltern I was walking beside lit a cigarette and promptly dropped with a bullet in his forehead.

A moment later a Lincoln officer ran up to me and reported that Captain Martin, commanding the company I was with at the moment, was killed and that the Turks were just the other side of Chocolate Hill."


Following information taken from History of the Seventh South Staffordshire Regiment (Ashcroft):
9th August 1915
"At 06.00 we reached Hill 70 and at once came under murderous shrapnel and rifle fire. Every single officer in A & D companies (firing line) and in 'B' company (supporting line) were either killed or wounded in the first 10 minutes. At about 08.00 support arrived from the 10th Division, but even with their assistance no headway could be made. About 10.00 our line began to give way owing to the fact the scrub had caught fire, the Turks aided by this were working around our left. This flanking movement was checked by reinforcements of Dublins and Queens.

The battalion behaved magnificently but were overwhelmed by an enemy who had every position of advantage. On the 10th August, the losses in killed and wounded were computed to be well over 400. For three days, the Staffords and Borderers held an old Turkish communication trench running on to Chocolate Hill, and were then relieved by the 32nd Brigade."


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