C.E. Atherley


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C.E. Atherley


LIEUTENANT CHRISTOPHER ERNEST ATHERLEY. 11th King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, attached 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Died of wounds, 17th June 1915, aged 21.



11th King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, attached 1st Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Mentioned in Dispatches, 22nd September 1915Died of wounds, 17th June 1915, aged 21.
Son of Christopher and Mary Ann Atherley of 86, Front Street, Arnold.

Buried: Row A, Grave 22, Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli.
School:(1906 – 1909).

Register: admitted September 11th 1906, Christopher Ernest Atherley, born 28th May 1894, aged 12. Father: Christopher Atherley, 143, Gedling Road, Arnold. Occupation: Timekeeper. Removed: July 1909.
After leaving Nottingham High School Christopher Atherley studied at the University College, Nottingham and then trained as a teacher in the Hucknall Pupil Teachers’ Centre. He enlisted in the first months of the war and was commissioned into the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in October 1914 and was promoted to Lieutenant in December. He landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula of Turkey on 3rd June 1915. Later he was sent as a reinforcement to the 1st Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers on attachment. He was dead within 2 weeks.
The war diary of the Royal Dubliners recorded that at 2 am on the night of 16th June 1915, the Turks attacked one of their posts, driving them back 20 yards. Atherley was part of a counter attack when he was mortally wounded. 12 men were killed, 4 missing and 31 wounded in addition to Atherley.
For his bravery Atherley was mentioned in despatches in the London Gazette on 5th November 1915. It recorded in the war diary that “It was entirely owing to the great coolness and gallantry shown by these two officers[Atherley and a Lieutenant Prendergast of 1st Royal Munsters] and NCO in advancing up the trench and bombing the Turks out, that eventually enabled us to turn machine gun and trench howitzer fire on the Turks and so caused them heavy losses.”
Atherley was a form pupil of Rev. T.B. Hardy VC, DSO, MC. Hardy is also remembered on the Roll of Honour.