'Letters from his comrades are unanimous in extolling his bravery...'
Appleyard, Wlater D’Ancie, Private, No. 14789, D Coy., 7th Battn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 3rd son of William Appleyard, one time secretary to the National Children’s Hospital, Dublin (died 5 April, 1903), by his wife, Mary (32, Sandford Road, Dublin), daughter of Stuart Corrie Chambers; born Dublin 21st December 1884; educ. High School, Dublin, where he won honours, prizes and exhibitions, and was afterwards employed in the Irish Land Comission, On the outbreak of war enlisted in the 7th Battn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and left for the
Dardanelleswith D Coy. 10 July, 1915, arriving at Gallipoli 6 Aug. and landing at on Saturday 7th inst. The moment they landed the troops were in action, and D coy leading they advanced over the open plain a target for heavy shell fire and snipers, at evening driving the Turks out at the point of the bayonet and capturing Hill 53. Private Appeyard escaped without a scratch, though a bullet passed through the leg of his trousers. Later he was with three or four men in a small post without ammunition; the enemy were throwing bombs on them. It was while throwing back these bombs that hw was shot through the heart, 16th August, 1915, on the ridge Kislagh Dagh. He was buried in Gallipoli at the foot of Dublin Hill (Hill 53); unm. Letters from his comrades are unanimous in extolling his bravery, devotion to duty and self-sacrifice, and good comradeship. His brother, George, is now (1916) serving with the Leinsters at the Front. Sulva Bay
(His brother George survived and was promoted to Lieutenant – wrote to war office for his medals in 1919)
The Helles Memorial Gallipoli Turkey contains the names of 474 Dublin Fusiliers who died in the Gallipoli campaign. This record is noted:
Appleyard Walter D’Ancie 14789 Private 7th Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 16/08/1915
Enlisted in Dublin, worked as a clerk for the Irish Land Commission before enlisting. Religion, Church of Ireland.
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