Louis BURGESS
Rank: Private
Number: 2950
Unit: 1/8th Battalion LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS
Date of Death: 7 August 1915
Age: 30
Cemetery: Helles Memorial, Turkey

When the 1901 Census was taken, 15 year old Louis was living with his family at 395 Hempshaw Lane, Stockport. His father, George, worked as a hatter's planker and Louis was also a hatter. His mother was called Julia and, after the War, she was living at 37 New Zealand Road (George had died by then). Louis was the middle child of the five at home. Also living at Hempshaw Lane were David (then 26), George (20), Lilian (14) and Reginald (8).

Around this time, Louis joined the local Volunteers Battalion and was a bugler. These militia units were converted into the Territorials in 1908. He emigrated to Canada for a while and, whilst there, also served in a local militia unit - the 41st Canadian Rifles. By the time of the Great War, Louis had returned to Stockport and was earning his living at the Dan Bank Hat Works at Hooley Hill, near Audenshaw.

He was reported to have joined the 8th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment when war was declared but was discharged, presumably for health reasons. He then enlisted into the 15th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers but was also discharged. Finally, in November 1914, he joined the Fusiliers and, after training, was sent to Gallipoli in May 1915.

Louis would be killed in an attack that was later officially designated as the Battle of the Vineyard. At 8.10am, British and French artillery opened a bombardment of the Turkish trenches near to Krithia Nullah. At 9.40, the infantry attacked in three lines, dashing across No Man's Land. They got into the shallow Turkish front line trench but couldn't make any further progress as they came under heavy enfilade fire. At about 11am, the Turks counter-attacked retaking part of the line, but the Fusiliers still held most of the Vineyard. Another counter-attack at 4pm was much more successful. The full brunt of the assault fell on the positions held by the men of the 1/8th and they were forced back with heavy losses. The Battalion strength had been reduced to just 7 officers and 73 men. The rest were dead, wounded or missing.

   
           
   
     
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