January 1916

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 - webmaster@gallipoli-association.org

Note: For a high level overview of the major campaign events, see The Campaign Timeline 1914-1916

  • 01 January 1916

    HELLES - It had been decided that it would be easier to organise and control the evacuation procedure if the soldiers concerned we…

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  • 02 January 1916

    HELLES - On 2 January there was a military execution some 400 yards to the north of Gully Beach on 2 January 1916. The background …

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  • 03 January 1916

    HELLES - As the retreat from Helles began the artillery were filtered away as unobtrusively as possible. Gunner John Gunn left on …

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  • 04 January 1916

    HELLES - During the evacuation the problem on the beaches was too much of everything, as troops, guns, pack animals, stores and mu…

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  • 05 January 1916

    HELLES - One of the greatest difficulties faced during the last weeks was in maintaining the embarkation facilities to allow the m…

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