First Fourth and First
Fifth Battalions, the Territorial
battalions, fought in the
disastrous Campaign in
Gallipoli in 1915.
The 1/5th Battalion was
recruited in north Norfolk, including one
company from the Royal Estate at Sandringham.
On the 12th August the Battalion was part
of an attack on Turkish positions inland
from Suvla Bay. They received conflicting
orders and advanced beyond the point where
they could be supported by other troops.
They were surrounded and suffered extremely
heavy losses. Their unmarked graves were
found in 1919. Despite the facts being
published immediately after the war, the
fate of the 1/5th Bn has given rise to
all kinds of wild speculation and myths.
The remaining soldiers
from these battalions were brought up to
strength by reinforcements and went on
to fight in Egypt and Gaza advancing north
towards Jerusalem where they remained until
the end of the War.