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Netty Frances Greenham's brother Arthur John Greenham died at Gallipoli in World War I. I found the following information about him on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website:

"In Memory of Rifleman 1495 Arthur John Greenham 8th Bn., Hampshire Regiment who died aged 25 on Sunday 19th September 1915, the son of John and Lucy Greenham, of 2 Myrtle Cottages, High Street, Wootton Bridge, Isle of Wight. Remembered with honour Pieta Military Cemetery Malta-Grave Reference: B. XIII. 6."

Then I contacted Geoff Allan who has been logging Isle of Wight War Memorials:

"A J Greenham 1/8TH Hants Rgt is commemorated in Wootton, Isle of Wight on the War Memorial in the churchyard of St Edmund's Church. He is also commemorated on the Isle of Wight Rifles Memorial at Carisbrooke Castle, and on the panels in the Territorial Drill Hall at Newport, Isle of Wight."

From the Gallipolli Association website I found out when his division got to Turkey:

"The 54th (East Anglian) Division arrived at Suvla on the 10th to the 15th August 1915 and then to Anzac in early September 1915."

Then from Chris Baker's website I found out how the regiment was made up:

"161st Brigade: comprising 1/4th, 1/5th, 1/6th & 1/7th Essex Rgt
162nd Brigade: comprising 1/5th Bedfordshire Rgt, 1/4th Northamptonshire Rgt, 1/10th & 1/11th London Rgt
163rd Brigade: comprising 1/4th & 1/5th Norfolk Rgt, 1/5th Suffolk Rgt, 1/8th Hampshire Rgt
Royal Engineers: comprising 1/2nd & 2/1st (East Anglian) Field Companies, Divisional Cyclist Company"

Did he actually die in Gallipoli and his body taken to Malta for burial, or did he die on a hospital ship, or on his arrival at Malta? I wish I had known about him when we covered this period in history at school years ago. One day I hope to visit Malta and find his grave.

from The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, Geoff Allan, The Gallipoli Association website, and Chris Baker's WWI website.