George Palmer attended Halesowen C of E school and was an early volunteer for the Staffords in 1914. He went to the 7th (Service) Battalion which spent many months in training and was sent in 1915 to break the stalemate on Gallipoli. They took part in the second landing of the campaign on the 6th August behind the Turkish lines at Suvla Bay. They were unopposed and three days later were ordered to take Chocolate Hill, the first of the hills that rose towards the commanding ridge of the peninsula. They suffered severely at the hands of the waiting Turkish troops and over a hundred Staffords were killed. Among them was Private George Palmer who is commemorated on the Helles, Halesowen and Halesowen C of E school Memorials.
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