BORN SHEFFIELD 1891. SON OF JAMES W. & HANNAH COLLINSON. GRANDSON OF THOMAS AND ANNIE GIBSON, OF 4 NEW GARDEN STREET, HULL.
HE ENLISTED AT HULL. SERVED AS PRIVATE, 10635, 6TH EAST YORKSHIRE PIONEERS. HE SAILED FOR GALLIPOLI, ON 14/07/1915. WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT THE DARDENELLES ON 21/08/1915, AGED 24. HE IS COMMEMORATED ON THE HELLES MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING. HIS BROTHER IN LAW, SERGEANT, GEORGE W. BOND, ALSO SERVED IN THE 6TH EAST YORKSHIRES AND WAS REPORTED MISSING AT GALLIPOLI.
HIS ARMY EFFECTS WERE LEFT TO HIS TWO SISTERS, NELLIE BOND, WHO LIVED AT 14 JOHN’S PLACE, REGENT STREET, HULL AND ALICE M.M. JORDAN. HIS NAME IS LISTED ON THE CLOWES CHAPEL, ROH, JARRATT STREET, HULL.
21st August 1915 – the attack on Scimitar Hill
Wyrall’s “East Yorkshire Regiment in the Great War” shows that the 6th East Yorkshire Regiment had been in reserve from 10th to the 20th August at Nibrunesi Point where they had dug themselves in, at the base of a cliff. On 20th August the 6th East Yorkshires relieved the Northumberland Fusiliers in trenches South East of Chocolate Hill. They came under the orders of 34th Brigade who would attack “Hill W” the next morning. The 6th Battalion were to dig in and support the Lancashire Fusiliers and the Dorset’s, who would attack the next morning. There was a delay due to lost orders and confusion, and the attack did not commence until 3pm on the 21st. When the Dorset’s and Lancashire’s left their trenches the 6th East Yorkshires moved forward to occupy these trenches. The Dorset’s and the Lancashire’s ran into stubborn resistance and so most of the 6th East Yorkshires were sent forward to support them. The 6th East Yorkshire‘s captured a Turkish trench in front of them and awaited relief. The 6th East York (Pioneers) had occupied Hill 70 (Scimitar Hill), next to W Hill the most vital of all the semicircle of heights overlooking Suvla Bay and were there only waiting for the brigade’s further advance upon W Hill or Anafarta Sagir, to both of which it is the key. They held this trench overnight, but it became impossible to hold the next morning (22nd August) as the number of Turks increased and they had no bombs. Around 7.30 am the 6th East Yorkshires retreated to their original trenches and later that night they were relieved and moved back to their original reserve trenches at Nibrunesi point the following morning. The 6th East Yorkshire casualties by 22nd August 1915, included 26 Officers and 628 men. Officer casualties were 80% and other ranks 68%.