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

  • 21 December 1915

    HELLES - On the 21 December the Royal Naval Division were moved to the right of the line to take over the positions formerly held …

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  • 22 December 1915

    HELLES - Taking the opportunity of the calmer weather the Royal Engineers were hard at work as ever, on December 22, this time rep…

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  • 23 December 1915

    HELLES - The final decision to evacuate Helles was accelerated by the appointment of Lieutenant-General Sir William Robertson to t…

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  • 24 December 1915

    HELLES - The shelling at Helles began to steadily increases as more Turkish batteries began to arrive from Suvla and Anzac, their …

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  • 25 December 1915

    HELLES - That Christmas of 1915 at Helles was a strange affair. Far from home and in the glowering presence of their enemies the f…

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