5th Dorset Battalion in Gallipoli  - Chris Copson
10 Apr


Chris Copson of the Tank Museum and formerly of the Keep Museum will examine the actions of the Dorset's in the Gallipoli Campaign.

They landed at Suvla Bay on the 7th August 1915 approximately 800 strong , and almost immediately were plunged into action.

On the 21st August 1915 they attacked the Hetman Chair position , although they forced the Turkish front line they could not achieve a breakthrough and by the end of the day the effective strength of the battalion was approximately 280.  They received some reinforcements and continued to fight both the enemy and the conditions from extreme heat to extreme cold. On the 30th November 1915 3 officers and 138 other ranks went hospital as a result of storm. 

On the 15th December 1915 the Battalion were evacuated form the peninsular. 


Everyone is welcome to attend both WFA and non members alike, we ask for a modest £5 on the door to defray costs this will include a free tea or coffee and a raffle ticket for entry into the prize draw. 


Images couresty of Blogspot.com and A Penny for War Thoughts.com 

Othery Village Hall , Fore St , Othery TA7 0QU
10 Apr 2024 19:30