Captain Anthony Lional Fenwick was recommended for a Military Cross for his actions at Gallipoli. He was the son of Walter and Millicent Fenwick of Tixover Grange and was born at Storrington, West Sussex on 16 December 1893. Anthony was educated at Harrow and went up to Trinity College, Cambridge in June 1913. He was commissioned in the Lincolnshire Regiment in August 1914 on the outbreak of war. He went abroad on the 19 June 1915, and took part in the landing at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, on 5 August. At the capture of Chocolate Hill on 21 August, Anthony was attached to the 6th Battalion Border Regiment. When the commanding officer was wounded, he and a Lieutenant Durlacher obtained a stretcher and were carrying him to a place of safety, when the CO was hit again and killed. These two officers, then under heavy rifle fire, rescued five or six men from the scrub which had been set on fire. For his conduct on that occasion Anthony was recommended for the Military Cross. Later in the day, as all the senior officers had been killed or wounded, he took command of the battalion, and eventually brought it out of action. He was subsequently Mentioned in Despatches. Anthony then fought in France and Belgium, taking part in the Battles of the Somme and Ancre in 1916, and the operations during September and October 1917, which resulted in the capture of Passchendaele. Promoted to Captain, he was killed by machine gun fire while on night patrol duty in no man's land near Hulluch on 16 February 1918. Anthony is buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, grave III.C.20, but there is no mention of him on the war memorial in Tixover church. He is remembered at Trinity College, Cambridge, on the Chapel north wall.
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