On Sunday 23rd May 1971 a party of veterans from the Gallipoli Campaign made another visit, fifty-six years after they had last been there. In the party was Sergeant G. E. Dale, now in his seventies. Arriving at Green Hill Cemetery, Sgt. Dale noticed a gravestone. Of course he knew many of the names on the graves, but this one struck him.
This is what he wrote in his diary later.
On this page is a bit more information about Charlie Chrisp. However, the evidence will never capture the feelings of camaraderie which struck Sgt. Dale when he saw Charlie’s grave after all those years.
Listen to what 15 year old Issy Fincher had to say about it.
Charlie Chrisp before Gallipoli
Charlie was born around 1893. In the 1911 Census he is recorded as Charles Bramley Chrisp, age 17, Apprentice Coppersmith in Palmer’s Shipyard, living with his parents John and Rachel Chrisp and family at 66 Croft Terrace, Jarrow. He signed up to Kitchener’s ‘New Armies’ and joined the Royal Field Artillery, travelling out to Gallipoli to man a Battery like this.