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Posted on Wednesday 6th May

An ANZAC solider of Chinese descent who fought at Gallipoli – as well as on the Western Front – has been making headlines during the Gallipoli centenary anniversary.

Billy Sing, a small, dark man – and a deadly killer – who served as a member of the Australian Imperial Force 5th Light Horse features in this BBC documentary as well as being the subject of a new book from Frontline Books, part of the new trilogy from award-winning journalist and bestselling author John Hamilton.

Billy Sing was thrust onto the narrow strip of land held by the Australians on Gallipoli, he witnessed the terrible effects of the Turkish snipers and decided to fight fire with fire. Using a simple Lee Enfield .303 rifle, he began to pick off unwary Turks who exposed themselves. Assisted by a 'spotter' who would single out targets for him, Sing acquired an unrivalled reputation as he killed increasing numbers of enemy soldiers.

He became known as the 'Anzac Angel of Death' and the 'Assassin of Gallipoli' and was considered to be the most successful sniper and most feared man in Gallipoli.
The Turks, aware of his reputation decided to target the Sing with their own marksman. In a deadly duel, Sing fired first and killed 'Abdul the Terrible'.

Despite his achievements and contribution to the Great War, Sing died in poverty. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre, the Distinguised Conduct Medal from Gallipoli, and was recommended for a Military Cross – but prejudice prevented full honours.

The Hamilton Gallipoli trilogy are available now, with the option to purchase all three titles for only £45.

Further Reading

Gallipoli Sniper

Only £19.99

Gallipoli Sniper

(Hardback - 255 pages)
by John Hamilton

'This is a well-researched, detailed and compelling story.'
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Billy Sing was a small, dark man – and a deadly killer. When, as a member of the Australian Imperial Force 5th Light Horse, he was thrust onto the narrow strip of land held by the Australians on Gallipoli, he witnessed the terrible effects of the Turkish snipers and decided to fight fire with fire. Using a simple Lee Enfield .303… Read more...


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