General Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston

In March 1915 Hunter-Weston was given command of the 29th (‘Incomparable’) division in the Dardanelles expedition, which, privately, he thought had little chance of success. He led the division in the landings at Cape Helles at Gallipoli from the 25th of April 1915. A beachhead was established at the cost of heavy casualties. In May 1915 he was promoted acting lieutenant-general and given charge of 8th corps at Gallipoli. He developed a reputation for needless sacrifice of his troops who came to distrust his tactics and whose morale consequently eroded. In August Hunter-Weston collapsed from sunstroke and was invalided home. He was later knighted and fought again in France.

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