Many brave deeds

An officer with Bracknell connections had been praised in the national press for his role in fierce fighting in the Dardanelles before succumbing to his wounds, while ordinary soldiers from the town were wounded in the same battle.

THE WAR

All our readers will have read of the extremely gallant charge of the Berkshire Yeomanry in the recent fighting in the Dardanelles. The following account is from The Times.-

“When the order to charge was given, the Berkshire Yeomanry, although they had suffered many casualties, dashed into the enemy’s trenches, the first to reach them being Major E. S. Gooch, who was wounded in the head, and was defended with great gallantry by Second Lieutenant H. C. Blyde of Reading, who had followed close after him. After Major Gooch was wounded the Adjutant, Captain F. B. Hurndall, 20th Hussars, took over the command and showed excellent leadership. There were many brave deeds done by the rank and file…

The General commanding expressed to all ranks his intense appreciation of their conduct in this their first engagement and also commended the Brigade for reaching Hill 70 in spite of heavy casualties.”

Major Gooch, whose gallant conduct is thus mentioned, reached home, and was taken to Lady Riley’s Hospital in Carlton House Terrace. He was reported to be doing well, but to the intense sorrow of all in Bracknell he succumbed to his wound on September 21st. Though his home had been in Scotland since his marriage in 1902, he was often in Bracknell at his mother’s house, and we can well believe what we are told of the devotion that all in his regiment felt for him, and those who, like the writer of these lines, have had the privilege of knowing him in his Scotch home can testify that this devotion and affection was fully shared by his friends and neighbours there.

The casualties in the ranks of our Berkshire Yeomanry are also very heavy, and though no Bracknell man was killed, some of our neighbours in the villages round have fallen. Amongst those who were wounded, who have been admitted to hospitals at home or abroad, are Harry Adler, who has been severely bruised and shaken; W. B. Skelton, one of our postmen, who was wounded; as were also Lance-Corporal Howell and Sergeant Claude Spencer, both of whom were well known in Bracknell.

Bracknell section of Winkfield District Magazine, October 1915 (D/P151/28A/7/10)

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