Sidney Bowater was born in Dudley and was an early volunteer and joined the 9th (Service) Battalion of the Worcesters. After training in England they were sent out to Gallipoli as reinforcements to break the stalemate against the Turkish forces on the peninsula. They experienced a few days in the front line at Cape Helles and were then landed at Suvla Bay behind the enemy lines on the 6th August. They landed safely enough but the attempt to break out and reach the vital Anafarta ridge failed badly. The first attempts to break out on the 8th August were quickly halted by the experienced Turkish troops and among the British troops killed in action was Private Sidney Bowater. He is commemorated on the Helles and Dudley Memorials.
Town Hall, Priory Street, Dudley
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