7th Cheshire Regiment War Diary: 12 Aug 1915 — 5 Comments

  1. Is there any chance you have the words of a poem written about the 7th Cheshires landing at sulva bay. My grans brother was killed there, and she used to recite a poem about the landing. I think it started.. It was on the 10th August 19? The 7th CHESHIRE landed on the banks of sulva bay. They’d had no sleep for hours and badly needed rest, but between the …… Can’t remember anymore did have a copy but I can’t find it anywhere. I think it was in one of the Macclesfield papers at one time.
    Hope you can help or at least point me in the right direction.
    Thankyou Dianne Bailey.

  2. I’m not aware of this poem – the only help I can suggest is to look through the Macclesfield newspapers (available on microfilm in Macclesfield library or hard copy at the Family History Society of Cheshire research rooms at Mobberley) and see if you can find it! I’ll also look out for it while I’m researching the local men who lost their lives.

  3. Have you any information regarding a Fred Murray from Macclesfield who was awarded a MM in the Gallipoli campaign. I am trying to find this information for his grandson.
    Thank you.
    Don Green.

    • Fred is mentioned on this website, leaving for overseas service
      He served with the local 7th (Territorial) Cheshire Regiment with service number 1478, changed to 290127 after the Army renumbering in early 1917. He was demobilised on 17 March 1919. Unfortunately, like many WWI service records, Fred’s records cannot be found and were probably among the 60% of records lost in a fire at the storage depot during WW2.

      The medal card noting the award is available at the National Archives; you can view the (watermarked) card online by going to the following web address and clicking on “preview an image of this record” If you switch to full-screen mode and zoom in you can read the card fairly well. The card states that the award was published in the London Gazette on 18 March 1918, but this is likely to be some weeks after the action for which the medal was awarded. The British Army withdrew from Gallipoli in December 1915 and the 7th Cheshire Regiment then moved to Egypt, so the medal would not have been awarded for service in Gallipoli; several Military Medals were awarded to members of the 7th Cheshires for action during the Battle of Jerusalem in December 1917 so this is a possibility.

      These medal cards do not give the reason for the award, and I don’t think any records are available which do give the reason; a report can sometimes be found in the local newspaper. The award of the medal was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 29 March 1918 (page 3 column 1) but merely states: “The following local soldiers have been awarded the Military Medal…”, listing the names of four recipients including “Pte F Murray (Macclesfield), Ches. Regt.”

      It is possible that the action for which he was awarded the medal can be identified from the battalion war diary. The diary for the 7th Cheshires for this period has not been digitised; you will have to go to the National Archives at Kew, London to view it, or pay for them to send you a copy. The reference is WO 95/4630; the details can be seen on their website at

  4. Thank you for such a well researched reply, it will be well received by Chris Murray, Fred’s Grandson. All Chris was told by his father was that Fred had rescued a wounded office and carried him to safety. I will look into the details that you have supplied to gain more information for Chris.

    Thank you again.
    Yours sincerely.
    Don Green