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

  • 11 December 1915

    ANZAC - Charles Bean, War Correspondent, Headquarters, MEF - Charles Bean had been hard at work on December 11 creating the Anzac …

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  • 12 December 1915

    ANZAC - Colonel John Monash, Headquarters, 4th Australian Brigade, NZ&A Division, AIF - Monash was horror struck when he received …

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  • 13 December 1915

    SUVLA - Lieutenant Owen Steele, Newfoundland Regiment, 88th Brigade, 29th Division - The plans were gradually leaking out to the o…

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  • 14 December 1915

    SUVLA - Sergeant William Kirk - The business of rendering the abandoned stores useless to the Turks was truly immense. Sergeant Wi…

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  • 15 December 1915

    SUVLA - Captain John Gillam, Army Service Corps, 29th Divisional Supply Train - As so often before the published Gillam diary give…

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