Rank: Private
Number: 6827
Date of Death: 2 May 1915
Age: 38
Cemetery: Helles Memorial

The name of "J A Williamson" is inscribed in the Stockport War Memorial as a man who served with one of the Lancashire Regiments. He is believed to be the man listed above, although with such a common surname it is impossible to be absolutely sure.

Little is known about this soldier who was either a member of the regular army or an ex-regular still on the reserve and recalled to the colours when War was declared. He is known to have served in South Africa during the Boer War with the Fusiliers and was invalided  home on 29 November 1900. He was the son of Mrs Mary Ann Williamson.

The 1st Battalion returned to the UK from service in India on 2 January 1915 and went overseas again in March. The men formed part of the initial landings on the Gallipoli peninsula, on 25 April. They had suffered very many casualties during the morning and six Victoria Crosses were awarded for bravery.

The Battalion's War Diary notes that, on 1 May, the "Turks attacked in force. Charging trenches repeatedly. Attacks ceased 5am." The next day, the Lancashires came under very heavy fire from the Turkish artillery. James was one of 7 men to be killed. It is not known if it was possible to give him a proper burial. If it was, then the location of his grave was lost over the course of the War and he is now commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing at Cape Helles.

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