1. Grave:Basra War CemeteryV. L. 10.
2. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour10B GQS

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Family :

Son of Thomas Coghlan Horsfall and Frances Emma Horsfall, of Ridgeways, Wellington College Station, Berks.

Education & Career :

Marlborough (B3 from sept 1893). Magdalen College, Oxon, 1903-1904. Went to Ceylon as a coffee planter.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 6th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 

6th (Service) Battalion Formed at Preston in August 1914 as part of K1 and attached to 38th Brigade in 13th (Western) Division. Moved initially to Tidowrth and then Blackdown in February 1915. 17 June 1915 : sailed from Avonmouth, going to Gallipoli via Mudros. Landed at Anzac Cove, 4 August. January 1916: Evacuated from Gallipoli to Egypt and thence to Mesopotamia.

Action : Mesopotamia 

At the outbreak of war the British, together with Indian troops, resolved to protect oil supply in the region by occupying the area around Basra at Abadan. This evolved into a series of campaigns towards Baghdad against the Turkish forces as Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) was part of the Ottoman Empire. Meetings in late 1914 and into 1915 led the Viceroy and Indian government at Simla to reconsider the limited involvement of troops and they decided to order further advances with a view to securing the Shatt-al-Hai, a canal connecting the Tigris and Euphrates river and potentially capturing Baghdad. The British government disagreed and wished to conserve forces for the Western front. The Viceroy was given permission to act as it wished, but told in no uncertain terms that no reinforcements should be expected.

The initial success experienced by the British and Indian forces quickly disintegrated in the face of Ottoman opposition. The Siege of Kut-Al-Amara began on 7th December with the besieging of an 8,000 strong British-Indian garrison in the town of Kut, 100 miles south of Baghdad, by the Ottoman Army. These campaigns produced few tactical benefits, indeed the catastrophic defeat at Kut in 1916 was a major setback. Badhdad was eventually taken in March 1917.

The conditions in Mesopotamia were dreadful. The climate, sickness and disease produced large losses in addition to battle casualties. About as many men died of disease as were killed in action. The Mesopotamia front was part of a strategy hoping for success at lower cost than the Western Front but no decisive victory was achieved.

See National Archives: WO 339/3127

Served at Gallipoli and in Mesopotamia.

Detail :

Wounded near Kut on 17th April, 1916. Died 5 days later on board a hospital ship.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : St John's Lodge of Colombo No. 454 E.C.Sri Lanka

16th March 1912
20th April 1912
18th May 1912

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