Commemorated:

Memorial .Pink Farm Cemetery HellesII. D. 25.
    

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Military :

Unit :  10th Battalion Manchester Regiment 

Action : Gallipoli 

Action :

Harold Lionel Isidore SPIELMANN, Captain, 1/10 Manchester Regiment Son of Sir Isidore Spielmann of 56 Westbourne Terrace, Hyde Park, London. Born London 12th January 1893. Educated at Clifton and Pembroke College Cambridge. Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant 2/10th (Oldham) Battalion Manchester Regt from the University O.T.C, 14 October 1914. He was promoted Captain in March, 1915, to date as from 2nd Nov. 1914. He volunteered with the greater part of the battalion for foregn service and landed in Gallipoli in command of a draft on 25 July, 1915. He was killed in an attack on the Turkish positions on 13 August 1915. Lieut.-Col.G. Robinson, commanding the 10th Manchesters wrote : He only joined us about three weeks ago, when he arrived in command of a draft of 248 men, and I was so impressed with his keenness and energy that I put him in command of a company. My judgment was fully borne out. Your son worked hard, and 1 felt I could always rely on him. On the evening of the 12th inst. a battalion next to us in the their trenches lost a portion of a trench on their front, and I was forced to organise a counterattack by one hundred men of my battalion under your son and two other officers. Your son was in command of his section of the attack, and carried out his orders with skill and gallantry. He reached his objective, but was immediately killed and his men had eventually to fall back under strong opposition. His death, by bullets, was instantaneous. Our men had done well, and we regained most of what had been lost, but thev were done, and I lost many of them besides my excellent young officer SpieImann. ... It was crushing to me losing him. He was a ' gentleman officer ' with such high notions of chivalry, honour and esprit de corps. I considered him one of my best officers, and had just recommended him for a permanent Captaincy, as I had such a high opinion of his capabilities. Your boy died a hero's death in his country's cause, and that must ever be a source of satisfaction and comfort to you and one in which you must all take a pride - falling in action gallantly leading his men. What more can a soldier ask for? He was not married


The Gallipoli Campaign was fought on the Gallipoli peninsula 25th April 1915 to 9th January 1916. in a failed attempt to defeat Turkey by seizing the Dardanelles and capturing Istanbul. Ill-conceived and planned, the initial effort by the Royal Navy failed to force passage through the Dardanelles by sea power alone. It was then realised that a land force was needed to support the project by suppressing the Turkish mobile artillery batteries. By the time all was ready the Turks were well aware and well prepared. Despite amazing heroics on the day of the landings only minor beachheads were achieved and over the succeeding 8 months little progress was made. Eventually the beachheads were evacuated in a series of successful ruses.

Despite Gallipoli rightly becoming a national source of pride to Australians and New Zealanders, far more British casualties were sustained, and these days the substantial French contribution is almost forgotten.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Isaac Newton University No. 859 E.C.Cambridgeshire

Initiated
Passed
Raised
29th October 1912
26th November 1912
4th February 1913
 

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