Edward James Lanning

Date of birth: 6th November 1895
Place of birth: Shirley, Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 10th
Rank / Service No: Private, 10014
Died: 20th September 1915, aged 19 years
Buried: Portianos Military Cemetery, Lemnos, Greece (Plot IV, Row A, Grave 199)


Edward was the younger of 2 siblings born to Edward James and Annie Elizabeth Lanning (nee Langford), who married in Totton in 1890.


Edward Snr was born in Southampton on 4 September 1855. He married one Martha Allen in Southampton in 1874 but she passed away in Fareham in 1889.

Edward died in Southampton in 1941.


Annie Elizabeth was born in Exbury on 30 April 1864; it is not known when she passed away, but she was alive in 1939.


Edward’s sister was……


Edith Annie   b. 1892 Shirley   d. ??   Married Alfred Willis in Southampton in 1918.



The Hampshire 10th Battalion became part of the 29th Brigade of the 10th (Irish) Division in March 1915.


They embarked at Liverpool on 7th July bound for Gallipoli, via Mudros in Greece, which was a major Allied “camp”.

The division landed at Gallipoli on 6th August, and engaged in actions at Sari Bair and Hill 60.


The Battle of Sari Bair Ridge was the final attempt by the British to seize control of the Gallipoli peninsula from the Ottoman Empire.


This battle, as well as the actions at Suvla Bay and Anzac Bay, failed to give the British the required advantage. As a result, the front lines remained static for the remainder of the campaign.


Edward succumbed to typhoid, where many of his battalion colleagues were laid low with diarrohea and dysentery at the same time.


The Cemetery was begun in August 1915 and used until August 1920. It contains 347 Commonwealth WWI burials, 3 from the 10th Hampshires.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 7th November 2016


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