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  • Name: William COSGROVE
  • D.O.B: 1st October, 1888
  • D.O.A: 25th April, 1915
  • D.O.D: 14th July, 1936
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Corporal, 1st Battalion The Royal Munster Fusiliers, 29th Division

V Beach and the taking of Hill 141, Sedd-el-Bahr, Gallipoli, Turkey 26 April 1915

26 April 1915

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The Gallipoli Campaign 25 April 1915–9 January 1916 

The landing at V Beach, Gallipoli, on 25 April 1915 had at terrible cost captured a narrow strip of shoreline bounded by a low bank, which provided some protection from Turkish fire. More troops were landed under cover of darkness but, fully to secure the beach, the enemy positions overlooking it would have to be captured on the next day. Three staff officers, Colonel W de L Williams, Lieutenant Colonel C H M Doughty-Wylie, and Captain G N Walford, who had been on board the River Clyde, now played a significant role. Williams led an attack westwards from the beach towards Fort No 1 in the hope of linking up with troops who might have been coming from W Beach. After Major A T Beckwith had pushed eastwards from the beach to capture the old fort of Sedd-el-Bahr, Walford led a successful attack on the village behind it in the course of which he was killed. Meanwhile, in the centre of the beach, Captain G D Stoney was ordered to advance with the survivors of 1st Battalion The Royal Munsters and take part in the planned assault on Hill 141 behind Sedd-el-Bahr. This necessitated clearing a path through barbed wire. When Sergeant Major Bennett who was leading the party deputed to cut it was killed, Corporal W Cosgrove took command and, braving heavy fire, succeeded in pulling up posts which supported the wire. This allowed his battalion to charge the Turkish trenches. After Walford’s death, Doughty-Wylie had assumed responsibility for the final clearing of Sedd-el-Bahr. He then coordinated and led the successful attack on Hill 141 and it was this which finally rendered V Beach secure. He was killed on the summit of the hill at the moment of victory.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery in the leading of his section with great dash during our attack from the beach to the east of Cape Helles, on the Turkish positions, on 26th April, 1915. Corporal Cosgrove on this occasion pulled down the posts of the enemy’s high wire entanglements single-handed, notwithstanding a terrific fire from both front and flanks, thereby greatly contributing to the successful clearing of the heights. 

Third Supplement to The London Gazette of 20 August 1915. 23 August 1915, Numb. 29272, p. 8374

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