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PTE BOB CHANCE 2ND ROYAL FUSILIERS

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Topic: PTE BOB CHANCE 2ND ROYAL FUSILIERS
Posted By: BOBANCRE
Subject: PTE BOB CHANCE 2ND ROYAL FUSILIERS
Date Posted: 09 Jan 2016 at 17:04
Private Bob CHANCE (G/1513) 2nd. Royal Fusiliers, died of wounds 21st. December 1915, aged 21. Buried at Portianos Military Cemetery, West Mudros, Lemnos, Greece, Plot 3 Row A Grave 287
Bob Chance was the son of Joseph Chance of 25 Castle Street, who had moved from Saffron Walden to 60 Comber Grove, Camberwell. Bob had been to the Boys’ British School and was a printer employed by Walter Thompson in the Market Place. He was another keen member of the town football club, and a member of the congregation at the Baptist Church (his name appears on their memorial).
On the opening of hostilities Bob responded quickly to the call to arms and enlisted on 11th. September 1914, leaving Saffron Walden on 7th/8th. November. Perhaps because of his London connections he joined the 2nd. Royal Fusiliers, and spent some months training at Stockingford near Nuneaton as part of 86th. Brigade 29th. Division
In March 1915 the regiment embarked at Avonmouth on the “ Alaunia “ for Alexandria arriving there on 28th. March. The next stop was Lemnos on April 11th., an island Bob was to return to to die, before journeying to Gallipoli, landing on 25th. April 1915 landing on “ X “ Beach, before attacking Hill 114 the same day. The 2nd. Battalion were involved in the fighting at Krithia, and Suvla Bay and in one of these engagements Bob was severely wounded.
He was shipped back to the island of Lemnos where there were hospitals in name only. They were usually no more than tents, and the conditions terrible. “ Accommodation was primitive...no amenities. The weather was cold; harsh winds and blizzards had to be endured. “ A nurse wrote, “ We could do little for them except to help them die decently. “ Here Bob arrived, having lived with mud or dust, flies, maggots and death on the peninsula, to where there was a scarcity of medical equipment and food. He died four days before Christmas and is one of 352 graves in the military cemetery.


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ROBERT PIKE
The Victor Heroes.Saffron Walden in the Great War

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