Lieutenant Colonel Charles Hotham Montagu Doughty-Wylie VC, CB, CMG

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Hotham Montagu Doughty-Wylie VC CB CMG was born on 23 July 1868 at Theberton. Following his graduation from Sandhurst in 1889, his military career included service in India, Crete, the Sudan, South Africa, China and Somaliland. He was the British consul in Mersina, in Turkey during the Young Turk Revolution of 1909 and halted a massacre of Armenians. He was attached to General Sir Ian Hamilton’s headquarters staff of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force during the Battle of Gallipoli due to his earlier extensive experience in Turkey. On 26 April 1915 following the landing at Cape Helles V Beach on the Gallipoli peninsula, (during which Brigadier General Napier and the Brigade Major were killed) Doughty-Wylie and Captain Garth Neville Walford of the Royal Field Artillery organised an attack of the survivors of the landing party of Dublin and Munster Fusiliers. The enemy position was strongly entrenched in an old fort on top of the hill above Sedd-el-Bahr village. The attack was a complete success due to the initiative, skill and great gallantry of the two officers, but both were killed in the moment of victory. Doughty-Wylie was shot in the face by a sniper and died instantly. He was the most senior officer to be awarded the VC during the Gallipoli Campaign. Sir Ian Hamilton wrote in tribute “Doughty-Wylie was no flash-in-the-pan VC winner. He was a steadfast hero. Now as he would have wished to die, so he has died”.