Personal info

  • Name: James SOMERS
  • D.O.B: 12th June, 1894
  • D.O.A: 2nd July, 1915
  • D.O.D: 7th May, 1918
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Corporal, 1st Battalion The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 87th Brigade, 29th Division

Gully Spur, south-west of Krithia, Gallipoli, Turkey 1-2 July 1915

1-2 July 1915

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The Gallipoli Campaign 25 April 1915–9 January 1916 

In the advance on 28 June 1915 at the north of the Allied line across Cape Helles, the British captured five Turkish trenches (J9-J13) across Gully Spur behind Y Beach and north of Gully Ravine. This posed a serious threat to the Turks and on the 30th they managed to regain parts of J12 and J13 from the Gurkhas. On the night of 1-2 July there was a further enemy attack on these trenches. 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers had been digging a new trench known as ‘Inniskilling Inch’ running south from J12. Captain G R O’Sullivan of the Inniskillings, who had distinguished himself on 18-19 June 1915 at Turkey Trench (qv), led a volunteer party of bombers including Corporal J Somers which after fierce fighting drove the Turks out of J12. The Turks attacked again the next day and on the 5th but the British managed to hold on to their gains.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery on the night of 1st-2nd July, 1915, in the Southern Zone of the Gallipoli Peninsula, when, owing to hostile bombing, some of our troops had retired from a sap, Serjeant Somers remained alone on the spot until a party brought up bombs. He then climbed over into the Turkish trench, and bombed the Turks with great effect. Later on he advanced into the open under very heavy fire and held back the enemy by throwing bombs into their flank until a barricade had been established. During this period he frequently ran to and from our trenches to obtain fresh supplies of bombs. By his great gallantry and coolness Serjeant Somers was largely instrumental in effecting the recapture of a portion of our trench which had been lost. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 31 August 1915. 1 September 1915, Numb. 29281, p. 8700

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