Gallipoli Association Annual Conference & Dinner 2022

Event Details

  • 24 Sep 22 10:00 - 24 Sep 22 17:00
  • Conference
  • RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London W1J 7PY

The Gallipoli Association 2022 Annual Conference will again be taking place at the prestigious RAF Club, 128 Piccadilly, London, to be followed by the optional Post Conference Dinner.

This is a great opportunity to network with fellow members and other attendees.

Cost for the Conference will be £50 which includes a working lunch and tea and coffee during the breaks. Registration will be from 9.15 in the Foyer. The Conference will run from 10.00 – 17.00.

The Post-Conference Dinner will be held at the RAF Club at 19.00 at a cost of £55 per head excluding wine and drinks. There will be a cash bar from 17.30. There is a special discount of £5 if both Conference and Dinner are booked together.

These two events are open to Non-Members and their Guests.

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Enquiries to Hester Huttenbach at


Our keynote speakers and their presentations (not in order of appearance) are summarised below. Changes at short notice are possible.

‘The War on the Wire’ – The story of signalling in the Gallipoli Campaign

Clive Harris MA

Clive served in the Royal Signals and with Hertfordshire Constabulary as a communication’s officer before embarking on a career in military history in 1998. He is the author of “Walking the London Blitz”, ”A Wander through Wartime London” and “The Greater Game” and has contributed to Time Team, Time Watch, The BBC Gallipoli 100 coverage and CBS’s Legacy of War. His specialist battlefield is Gallipoli having led over 60 tours to the Dardanelles and is the principal organiser of the GA tours there. Clive is a badged member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and a member of the British Commission for Military History in 2010. He completed his Masters degree in Great War Studies in 2017 and was the 2020 Douglas Haig Fellow, he is a proud freeman of the City of London.

From ship-to-shore to the skies, from wire to wireless, the communications element of the Gallipoli campaign was an essential component to success or failure. Command and control is often in sharp focus, when studying the operational outcome of the campaign; equally important is the history of signalling at Gallipoli, when viewed at the tactical level.

Numerous published sources are available to consider just what challenges faced signallers during the campaign and this presentation considers what went right, what went wrong, how the men on the ground adapted to the climate and conditions of Gallipoli – all to ensure their message got through!

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Our Work Continues – Worldwide

Burak Gundoğan

Burak Gundoğan has been with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Turkey for 10 years, encompassing the maintenance of all sites both on the Peninsula and elsewhere. Both he and his CWGC forebear, Tasman Millington, started as office administrators – Burak in 2012 and Tasman in 1919. He was made Country Manager in April 2017 and is the first Turkish national to be appointed to this position. Burak is proud to work with CWGC as both his great-grandfathers fought at Gallipoli and lost their lives. “As a local I always admired the work of the Commission and wanted to be a part of it, so it is a great honour to be here.”

The talk will give a brief introduction to the history of the CWGC and the on-going work today. Starting with the creation of the Imperial War Graves Commission, all the way to present day. This is an exciting opportunity to hear first-hand about the work of the CWGC in Gallipoli and how the sites are cared for today. Working in a region where the weather, which can range from 40°C in summer to freezing cold in winter, presents us with all kinds of challenges, not to mention the lack of water on the Peninsula – as the Allies found out the hard way in 1915.

Reflecting on his work, he notes that “There is a shared passion by all of us who maintain our cemeteries and memorials; I have met many colleagues around the world and whenever we come together the subject never changes - it is always about what we do and how we do it”.

Chaplains crossing the divide

Carole Hope

Carole Hope’s working life was spent in administrative roles in both the private and public sectors. She graduated BA (Hons) from the Open University in 2000 and the final module for the degree sparked her interest in the Great War. This subsequently developed during many trips to the former battlefields of the Western Front, Gallipoli and Salonika. Now retired, she spends her time researching and writing and has published two books, the first of which relates to an Irish chaplain on the Western Front and the second to an Irish soldier who served in Gallipoli and the Western Front.

Carole will give a brief introduction to the developing role of chaplains on the Allied side in the Great War, before moving on to Gallipoli. She will introduce examples of the work of Turkish and German chaplains, however her talk will concentrate mainly on the Allied and English-speaking side, purely because of the wealth of accessible material.

She will examine such issues as the nature of combatant faith, chaplains as conduits of communication and morale, the relationship of chaplains and medical corps, chaplains in the front lines and behind the lines. The talk will introduce some English language historiography relating to chaplains and specifically those who left memoirs of their time on the Gallipoli peninsula.

The Defence of the Dardanelles: Battleships v. Coastal Defences 1915

Michael Forrest

Michael Forrest has had a life-long fascination for military history, and as a ‘battlefield enthusiast’ has walked many of the world’s legendary scenes of conflict. He has been a regular speaker on military history subjects, include as a presenter on cruise ships. Michael is now semi-retired after more than forty years in the in the R.A.F. and aviation industry. His interests include membership of the Palmerston Forts Society, an educational charity dedicated to the study and preservation of nineteenth-century fortifications and artillery. Michael has published a definitive history of the Dardanelles Strait, one of the most fought over waterways in the world, entitled The Defence of the Dardanelles: From Bombards to Battleships.

His talk will explore the Ottoman defences on the 18th March 1915, the day when three battleships were lost during the abortive Allied naval attack to penetrate the Dardanelles. The Ottoman artillery depended almost entirely on powerful German Krupp coastal guns, a crucial element of the successful defence of the strait. The talk examines the inadequacies of pitting Allied warships against the Dardanelles shore fortifications, and damningly proves that British intelligence sources had previously assessed that a naval attack alone would not succeed; as early as the 1880s the War Office had concluded that a joint naval and land assault was necessary to command the Dardanelles Strait.

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We are also pleased to invite special guest, Arthur Meek, who will give us a unique opportunity to hear at first hand an extract from Voices of Gallipoli, original recordings of those who were there.