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gmac101

Royal Naval Division Chaplains at Gallipoli

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I've been researching the men on the Galashiels War Memorial and one of the last (and likely the oldest he died aged 52) is William Dobson.  He went missing during attacks in May 1915 but on his service records there is a note that his body was recovered by a Chaplain of the 1st RND in September.  He was serving in the Otago Regiment of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force Force and his records are here:http://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE13996951

 

Does anybody know the names of the Chaplain in the RND?  Was this an organised effort?

 

Thanks

 

Gavin 

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There were at least five chaplains attached to the RND at divisional and brigade level in late May/early June 1915. The earliest RND burial at Redoubt Cemetery was killed in action on 19 May and was followed by a further dozen between 24 and 28 May - nearly all RMLI k.i.a.. It is possible, therefore, that the latest 23 May date of Dobson's death points to a burial at the same time as these RND men but the name of the officiating RND Chaplain is unknown.

 

Edited by horatio2

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The Chaplain to the 3rd (RM) Brigade of the RND was Rev. Charles Wilfred Gwennap MOORE, MA. Since the burials at Redoubt were for RMLI men of that brigade he may have been involved.

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Thanks horatio2 for the information. It was always a long shot that it would be possible to identify the Chaplain retrieving the bodies.  

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For interest, the chaplains (including Rev. Moore) landed at Gallipoli with the medical staff in late April are listed here:

https://archive.org/stream/JRNMSVOL12Images/JRNMS_VOL_12#page/n59/mode/2up

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Many thanks seaJane for that useful reference  

 

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