William Byng was the son of Albert and Katherine Byng of 67 High Street, Cradley, and attended Cradley C of E School. He had joined the Worcesters before 1914 and was probably with the 4th Battalion in India. They returned to Britain and were sent out with the Gallipoli force in 1915. The Worcesters landed at W beach on the 25th April, the first day, and gained a quick foothold. Turkish resistance, however, was strong and the landing was difficult on other beach-heads. The first attempt to break out at Krithia on the 28th April failed. A second attempt was made on the 6th May and was continued on the next day. The terrain was very difficult with gullies and ravines and the Turkish resistance was much stronger than anticipated. Among the many casualties was Private William Byng. He was 23 years of age and is commemorated on the Helles, Cradley, Halesowen and Cradley C of E School Memorials.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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