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Tale of two heroic Grantham brothers shot at Gallipoli

Fred Tustin, who would tell his grandchildren the story of his two uncles and their involvement in the Gallipoli campaign.
Fred Tustin, who would tell his grandchildren the story of his two uncles and their involvement in the Gallipoli campaign.

The Royal British Legion, with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Ancestry.co.uk, are running a campaign to have every man and woman remembered who was killed in the First World War.

With this in mind, David Gradwell got in touch to tell the story of his grandfather’s uncles:

William Cadwallader is buried among the Commonwealth War Graves at Harrowby Road cemetery.
William Cadwallader is buried among the Commonwealth War Graves at Harrowby Road cemetery.

My grandfather Fred Tustin, was born in Great Gonerby. His grandfather had been the ostler at the Angel & Royal, and publican of the Blue Pig in Vine Street. Fred’s family moved to Chorley, Lancashire in the early 1900s, and Fred later became a police sergeant with Lancashire Constabulary, serving for 30 years in the Manchester and Wigan areas.

Fred was an avid story-teller. As a child, I recall many ‘jaw-dropping’ stories that kept my sister and I amused. One story in particular remained impressed in my mind, when grandad would tell the story of the two brothers who were “shot up the Dardanelles.”

You can imagine, as children, the ramifications of such a comment; my sister and I would curl up in suppressed laughter, not wanting to upset grandad or spoil his story, but the thought of what ‘the Dardanelles’ implied, suggested that the word had been substituted to disguise a particular part of the anatomy!

A few years ago, I started to research my family history and verified my grandad’s stories. My great, great grandparents had 12 children and two of the sons, William and Herbert, served in WWI with the Lincolnshire Regiment. These two men, my grandad’s uncles, were shot in Gallipoli.

William Cadwallader was born in 1877 at Melton Mowbray, the fourth child of Penry Cadwallader and Mary Coley. He served a seven-year apprenticeship at P W Anderson, St Peters Hill. Aged 22, he married Mary Ann Moore at St John’s Church, Spitalgate and resided at Vere Court, Grantham. They had three children.

A parcel man for the Great North Eastern Railway, in 1900 William enlisted with the Lincolnshire Regiment as a Private, and served in the Boer War. He was promoted to Corporal and served until 1909. He then worked as an odd job man in Grantham, but with the start of WWI re-enlisted in August 1914. He was soon promoted to Sergeant and was sent ashore at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli on August, 7, 1915.

William suffered gun-shot wounds to his upper and lower extremities and was repatriated home. He remained on home service for the rest of the war and medical records show he suffered from neurasthenia, now known as post-traumatic stress disorder. He was discharged from the Army in 1918 “being no longer physically fit for War Service.” He was later granted a war pension and issued with the Silver War Badge and Kings Certificate, stating that his disablement was directly attributable to war service. He was also awarded the British War Medal 1914-1918 and the Allied Victory Medal.

William died on October 2, 1919; the cause of death was recorded as neurasthenia. He is buried in a Commonwealth War Grave at Harrowby Road cemetery.

Herbert Cadwallader was born in 1887 at Grantham. He was a plumber and served during WWI with the 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Unfortunately, Herbert’s service records are no longer available, but the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records his death at Gallipoli on August, 9, 1915, just two days after his brother William had been shot in the same location, Suvla Bay. There is no known grave. His name is recorded on Panel 44/46 of the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli.


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