Three brothers died in war

Tingley family after World War One SUS-140827-140627001
Tingley family after World War One SUS-140827-140627001

An Eastbourne family has been visiting the graves of three brothers who all died during World War One.

Margaret Wooler and her son began researching the details of her three uncles, Albert, Arthur and William Tingley, who were killed between 1915 and 1918 in the First World War.

The Tingley family lived in Vine Square and Albert, Arthur and William were the three eldest of 12 children.

William J Tingley was Leading Seaman in the Howe BN. R.N. Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and died on Monday, May 31 1915. He is buried in Skew Bridge Cemetery, which is two kilometres north-east of Seddulbahir, between the road to Krithia and Kilid Bahr in Turkey.

The Allied landings took place at Cape Helles on April 25-26, 1915. Commonwealth and French forces mounted their first attack towards Achi Baba on April 28 but fatigue brought the assault to a halt some kilometres short of the objective, near the village of Krithia.

Between May 6-8, the 29th and French Divisions, reinforced by the 2nd Australian and New Zealand Infantry Brigades, carried out a renewed attack on Krithia, making some gains but suffering heavy casualties.

Between May 1 and the beginning of June, the 29th Indian infantry Brigade and 42nd East Lancashire Division landed on the peninsula and further attacks were launched but no breakthrough was made.

The Skew Bridge Cemetery was named from a wooden ‘skew’ bridge carrying the Krithia road across the Dere, just behind the centre of the line occupied by the Allied forces. There are 607 World War One servicemen buried or commemorated in this cemetery, which covers an area of 2,210 square metres.

Arthur Tingley was a Private in the 12th BN. Royal Sussex Regiment and died on Friday, June 30 1916.

Arthur is buried at Loos Memorial, which commemorates more than 20,000 officers and men who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay. It covers the period from the first day of the Battle of Loos to the Armistice.

On either side of the cemetery is a wall 15 feet high, to which are fixed tablets carved with the names of those commemorated. At the back are four small circular courts and three semicircular walls or apses, two of which carry tablets. In the centre apse is the Cross of Sacrifice.

Albert Edward Tingley was a Private in the 11th Bn. Suffolk Regiment and died on Friday, March 22 1918.

Albert is buried in the Arras Memorial, which is in the Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle in the west part of the town of Arras.

The memorial commemorates almost 35,000 casualties of the British, New Zealand and South African Forces who died between spring 1916 and August 7, 1918. The design, by Sir Edwin Lutyens, includes an apse in front of which is the Arras Flying Services Memorial. The names of the casualties are carved on stone panels, fixed to the cloister walls.

All three brothers have their names recorded on the memorial in St. Andrew’s Church, Seaside and on the Town Hall in Chichester Cathedral.