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

  • 26 December 1915

    HELLES - If it was not clear to most of the British troops at Helles on December 26, it would soon be. Preparations were being mad…

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  • 27 December 1915

    HELLES - On December 27, Alex Barclay along with two companies of the 1/1st Ayrshire Yeomanry were sent into the firing line to re…

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  • 28 December 1915

    HELLES - It did not take long for the new Chief of Imperial General Staff to sort out the inherited chaos of Gallipoli. Robertson …

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  • 29 December 1915

    HELLES - On 29th December two brigades of the 13th Division, already experienced in the art of evacuation by sea in presence of an…

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  • 30 December 1915

    HELLES - Behind the facade of recent offensive mining and small scale trench actions the final planning for the evacuation was con…

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