Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Captain Charles George Billing, Deal Battalion, Royal Marine Light Infantry, was killed in action at Gallipoli.
The son of the vicar of Sturry and Platt, who was a former missionary in India, he was educated at Dover College and went on to the Royal Naval College at Greenwich before entering the Royal Military College at Sandhurst in the year 1900. Captain Billing was commissioned into the Royal Marine Light Infantry in January of 1901, and between 1903 and 1912 served on the China station, the West Indies, the Mediterranean and the Pacific station. He learned to fly at the Ewen Flying School at Hendon in 1913.
At the outbreak of the Great War Captain Billing was serving aboard the light cruiser H.M.S. Doris, and was then posted to H.M.S. Cormorant on Ascension Island on the 8th of August in 1914. He returned to England the following March, and two months later sailed from Plymouth to the Dardanelles, arriving on the 30th of May. During the fighting, he was killed instantly by a sniper.
Captain Billing is commemorated on a Special Memorial at Redoubt Cemetery at Helles – he is believed to be buried in that cemetery, but the exact location is unknown. He is also commemorated on the war memorials at Dover College and Bromley in Kent.
Charles, born in Madras where his father was a missionary, but raised in Bromley, was 33 years old.