INDENTLieutenant John Wharton Jones Le Marchand (1887-1915), 56th Punjab Rifles (Frontier Force), attached 1/6th Gurkha Rifles, commissioned 1908 and attached to the West Yorkshire Regiment; served in the operations in Mohmand and was present at the engagement at Mutta; joined the 6th Punjab Rifles 1909; Lieutenant 1910; sailed with the Regiment to Suez 1914, and was attached to the 1/6th Gurkhas, July 1915
Two weeks after Le Marchand joined the 1/6th Gurkhas the Regiment was ordered to take Sari Bair, the ridge that dominates the Gallipoli Peninsula. The operation began on 7 August and for two days the Gurkhas successfully advanced over hilly country towards their objective. Early on 9 August the Gurkhas, supported by companies of the 6th Lancashires and 9th Royal Warwicks, assaulted the crest line between Chunuk Bair and Hill Q. The Turks retreated after fierce hand to hand fighting during which Le Marchand was killed
The Regiment was later forced to retire after high explosive shelling by Allied artillery. Major General Sir Cecil Cox recommended Major Allenson, the Gurkha's C.O., for the Victoria Cross, and stated that he would have recommended Le Marchand also "had he lived".
Lieutenant Le Marchand has no known grave and is commemmorated on the Helles Memorial