FENWICK Anthony Lional

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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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Capt Fenwick is memorialised in the Roman Catholic Church of St Mary and St Augustine in Stamford. His memorial tile in the floor in front of the Mary statue is the only surviving part of a Great War memorial that was subsequently destroyed in the 1950s or 60s.
By Johncatworth1 on Saturday 10th February '18 at 4:23pm

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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