December 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

  • 06 December 1915

    SUVLA - Lieutenant Owen Steele, Newfoundland Regiment, 88th Brigade, 29th Division - After days of poor weather, the Gallipoli tre…

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  • 07 December 1915

    HELLES - Lieutenant William Ker, Hawke Battalion, 1st Naval Brigade, RND - On the 7 December the Hawke Battalion were informed tha…

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  • 08 December 1915

    ANZAC - Deputy Quartermaster General Walter Campbell, Headquarters, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force - It took five long weeks fr…

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  • 09 December 1915

    HELLES - Ordinary Seaman Joseph Murray, Hood Battalion, 2nd Naval Brigade, RND (attached to VIII Corp Minding Company, Royal Engin…

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  • 10 December 1915

    ANZAC - Sergeant Cyril Lawrence, 2nd Field Company, Australian Engineers, AIF - News began to seep out at Anzac that they were sho…

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