Behrens, Robert Philip


He was the son of George Behrens J.P. and Helen, nee Davies, of Vron Yw, Denbigh and came to Winchester from Cordwalles School.

At Sandhurst he distinguished himself as a horseman and with the sabres, and obtained his commission in 1913 in the 2nd Battalion South Wales Borderers.

He joined his regiment in Tientsin later in the year. At the outbreak of war the battalion was attached to the Anglo-Japanese force operating against Tsingtau (now Qingdao), a German controlled port on the coast of China. After its capture, at which he was present, they were ordered to the Dardanelles. Behrens by then had been promoted to Lieutenant.

On March 17th 1915 his Battalion left England, arriving at Cape Helles on 25th April where, that same day, he fell mortally wounded at De Tott’s Battery, near Eski Hissarlik Point during the landing, while calling his men forward.  He died of his wounds on board ship and was buried at sea, near the entrance to the Dardanelles, by the crew of HMS Cornwallis.

He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Behrens
  • Forenames or initials: Robert Philip
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1907-1911
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: South Wales Borderers
  • Date of Birth: 4th December 1893
  • Date of Death: 25th April 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Buried at Sea but commemorated on the HELLES MEMORIAL, GALLIPOLI: Panel 80-84; 219/220