SS River Clyde at Helles

SS <em>River Clyde</em> at Helles

A modern Trojan horse, the converted collier SS River Clyde ran ashore below the Ottoman fort of Sedd El Bahr at V Beach on Cape Helles. Crammed on board were troops of the Hampshire Regiment and the Dublin and Munster Fusiliers. Disembarking from ramps and doors cut into the sides of the ship, they made easy targets for the Ottoman defenders in the fort. Less than half of the first wave – only 300 men – managed to make it to shore.

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Pamela Aston

Posted: 19 May 2022

My grandfather, Pte.Edwin Wicks, was aboard this ship. He was serving with the Hampshire regiment. He was shot and wounded and never made it ashore.