May 1915

This daily episode will tell the story of the Dardanelles and Gallipoli campaign by those who were there, the men themselves. Using a rich selection of diaries, letters and books, some published before, some not, we sought to use these snippets to help describe what happened that day in 1915/16.

Many thanks goes to member Peter Hart who has contributed the majority of these entries, whose ongoing passion for the campaign helps keep the memory alive. If you have any comments or suggestions, or wish to add further entries please contact Stephen Chambers by email on -

Note: For a high level overview of the major campaign events, see The Campaign Timeline 1914-1916

  • 21 May 1915

    ANZAC - The Australian war correspondent Charles Bean was beginning to become aware of some of the logistical problems that faced …

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  • 22 May 1915

    HELLES - Meanwhile at Helles life was settling down as the British and French pondered their next move. Lieutenant Patrick Duff of…

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  • 23 May 1915

    ANZAC -"HMS Albion, an old battleship, had run in close to do a bit of shelling and got stuck on a sand bank. The Turks shot off e…

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  • 24 May 1915

    HELLES - Captain Norman Dewhurst MC, Machine Gun Officer, 1st Royal Muster Fusiliers, 29th Division, Helles - As one of the surviv…

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  • 25 May 1915

    ANZAC - Captain Otto von Hersing and the U-21 arrived off Anzac just after noon on 25 May and immediately began stalking HMS Trium…

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