Topic: Bull, Clarence Frederick

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A soldier of the Great War killed in action.

Corporal Clarence Frederick Bull - 13/564 - Killed in action aged 35

Clarence is remembered on the Malvern County & Sheffield War Memorials. He was born on 9 September 1878 son of Frederick and Ursula Mary Bull.  He was one of the few soldiers who was married, his wife was Alice nee Wright. Before enlisting he worked for Mr Knight of Racecourse Hill as a farmer. He had previous military experience having served with the Fifth Contingent in the New Zealand Mounted Rifles during the Boer War.
Clarence enlisted on 18th August 1914 in Manurewa, Auckland and joined the Auckland Mounted Rifles. He was promoted to Corporal 29 July 1915 after the Auckland Mounted Rifles were brought into Gallipoli as an Infantry Unit. The Mounted Rifles were assigned to the Right Covering Force and on the 8th to the No 1 Column. Their task was to consolidate gains on Chanuk Bair. The AMR suffered heavy casualties while crossing a ravine to reach Chunuk Bair and further fighting reduced the Regiment.  By the time they were relieved only 22 of the 288 Officers and men remain; the rest were dead, wounded or missing in action. Clarence was list as killed in action but his body was not recovered and his name is recorded on the Chanuk Bair Memorial to the Missing.

CWGC Cemetery locale history: The eight month campaign in Gallipoli was fought by Commonwealth and French forces in an attempt to force Turkey out of the war, to relieve the deadlock of the Western Front in France and Belgium, and to open a supply route to Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea. The Allies landed on the peninsula on 25-26 April 1915; the 29th Division at Cape Helles in the south and the Australian and New Zealand Corps north of Gaba Tepe on the west coast, an area soon known as Anzac. On 6 August, further landings were made at Suvla, just north of Anzac, and the climax of the campaign came in early August when simultaneous assaults were launched on all three fronts. Chunuk Bair was one of the main objectives in the Battle of Sari Bair, fought 6-10 August 1915. The attack was to be carried out by two columns of the New Zealand Infantry Brigade, starting from the outposts on the shore and proceeding up the Sazli Belt Dere and the Chailak Dere. Meanwhile the New Zealand Mounted Rifles were to clear the foothills. The New Zealand Infantry reached Rhododendron Spur, where they were joined by the 10th Gurkha Rifles, from further north, and reinforced by the 8th Welsh, the 7th Gloucesters, the Auckland Mounted Rifles, and the Maori Contingent. The Wellington Infantry and some of the Gloucesters and Welsh reached the summit, and were later joined by men of the Auckland Infantry and Mounted Rifles. These troops, after repulsing incessant Turkish attacks, were reinforced by the Otago Battalion and the Wellington Mounted Rifles. The 6th Gurkhas and the 6th South Lancashire Regiment came in on the left. The 6th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment relieved the force at Chunuk Bair on the evening of 9 August, supported later by part of the 5th Wilts, but on the morning of the 10th, the position was taken by a determined and overwhelming counter-attack, carried out by a Turkish Army Corps led by Mustapha Kemal Pasha. The loss of Chunuk Bair marked the end of the effort to reach the central foothills of the peninsula and on this sector of the front, the line remained unaltered until the evacuation in December 1915. The CHUNUK BAIR (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL is one of four memorials erected to commemorate New Zealand soldiers who died on the Gallipoli peninsula and whose graves are not known. This memorial relates to the Battle of Sari Bair and in other operations in this sector. It bears more than 850 names. CHUNUK BAIR CEMETERY was made after the Armistice on the site where the Turks had buried some of those Commonwealth soldiers who were killed on 6-8 August. It contains 632 Commonwealth burials, only ten of which are identified.

1914-1915 Star: British War Medal: Victory Medal: Gallipoli Medallion. Service South African War, Queens Service Medal & 3 Clasps, Transvaal, Rhodesia & South Africa 1901.

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Bull, Clarence Frederick

First Names:Clarence Frederick
Last Name:Bull
Date of Birth:9 September 1878
Place of Birth:Waddington
Date of Death:08 August 1915
Place of Death:Gallipoli, Turkey
Memorial or Cemetery:Chanuk Bair Memorial to the Missing
Age at death:35
User Name:Selwyn Library
Occupation before enlisting:Farmer
Marital Status:Married
Regiment or Service:Auckland Mounted Rifles
Country:New Zealand
Enlistment details:Manurewa, Auckland
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of Frederick and Ursula Bull, Husband of Alice Bull, 549 Childers Road, Gisbourne
Service Number:13/564
Rank last held:Corporal
Embarkation:16 October 1914
Place of Embarkation:Auckland
Transport:Star of India or Waimana
Cause of Death:Killed in action
Other biographical information:Served in the South African Campaign, Native of Waddington