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'Blooding the Pups : The Hunter-Weston Egerton feud at Gallipoli' a talk by David Raw


General Aylmer Hunter-Weston was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1884.  He served on the North West Frontier, the Nile expedition with Kitchener and the Boer War.  At the outbreak of the First World War he was a Brigade Commander in the 4th Division.  At Gallipoli he commanded the 29th Division. He was described by some as a "donkey" gener…

'The Gallipoli Oak' a talk by Martin Purdy


Martin Purdy will be giving at talk on 'the Gallipoli Oak' here at the Coronation Hall, County Square, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7LZ.


The Gallipoli Oak by Martin Purdy and Ian Dawson

You can read more about the book Martin wrote with Ian Dawson here - 'The Gallipoli Oak' 


This meeting begins at 7:30pm.



9 August 1915 : CPL Alexander Burton VC


Alexander Stewart Burton was born on 20 January 1893 in Euroa, Victoria in Australia. On enlisting, age 21 1/2, then an ironmonger, on 18 August 1914, he joined the 7th Battalion Australian Imperial Force. He had served for 4 years in the cadets.  On 19 October 1914 her embarked at Melbourne on active service. He was wounded 25 May 1815, re…

13 August 1915 Pte Arthur Moore, 2/2 East Lancs FA, RAMC.


Born in 1895 to parents James and Lettice Anne, at the 1911 Census Arthur was living with his extended parents and his extended family at 58, Baron Terrace, Healey Wood, Burnley. 8 of them, parents, three sons, son in law, daughter and their son Alexander lived in a 4 roomed dwelling. Age 16, Arthur was a cotton weaver,  Arthur was also a member o…

14 August 1915 : 2265 Pte Samuel Quinn, 1/5th East Lancashire Regiment


From Burnley, Lancashire where he was still resident (Anne Street) at the time of his enlistment, Samuel was born in 1894. After enlisting into his local territorial battalion in the early days of the war, he landed at Gallipoli in May 1915 and fought in two of the Battles of Krithia. Wounded in August 1915, Samuel died at sea whilst on board the …

28 August 1915 Lt-Colonel Carew Reynell was killed leading a charge on this day


The 9th Australian Light Horse Regiment came to Gallipoli in May 1915 and within three months had been reduced to 181 men. Many had been lost to enemy fire and even more to sickness and general debility. Their commanding officer, Major Carew Reynell, commented - we are all ill to breaking point Before the ‘August Offensive' he wrote: I feel I ou…

Annual Gallipoli Conference 2017


Annual Gallipoli Conference & The National Memorial Arboretum Visit 2017   The Speakers   ‘Heroes, Scapegoats and Squandered Sacrifice: The truth behind the River Clyde's epic odyssey' Stephen Snelling   'Side-lining the Sideshows: the British High Command's allergic reaction to Gallipoli' John Spencer   ‘The Vest Pocket Kodak Camera …

'Gallipoli' with Prof. Gary Sheffield


Prof Gary Sheffield will be giving a new talk entitled:'"All Pretty Well Fed Up and Worn Out"? Morale and Military Effectiveness in VIII Corps at Gallipoli'.

He will be looking at various theories of combat motivation and how they correspond to the actual eventualities at Cape Helles


This Bloody Place - With the Incomparable 29th


By Major A H Mure (Foreword by Richard Van Emden) Pen & Sword, 2015, £16.58p, 208 pages ISBN-10: 1473857929 ISBN-13: 978-1473857926 Book Review by Niall Ferguson     It would appear that the subtitle for this volume varies - it can read, 'The Incomparables at Gallipoli'.  This might be because, although the stylised photograph on the d…

'Grandpa's War' with Susan Burnett


The fascinating story of Norman Woodcock by his granddaughter Susan Burnett. Norman Woodcock joined the Territorial Army aged 17 in January 1914 and was immediately called up on the outbreak of war.  He served on almost every front in the war with the exception of the African campaigns as a signaller Beginning with the ill fated Gallipoli campai…

079: April 2007


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'Combat Motivation at Gallipoli' with Professor Gary Sheffield 22 February FREE EVENT


Combat Motivation at Gallipoli: A Study in Military Sociology and Military History Professor Gary Sheffield, University of Wolverhampton. Morale and combat motivation of soldiers in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries remains a lively area of research for sociologists and historians. In this paper, drawing upon extensive primary research, G…

103: May 2015


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104: September 2015 Special Edition


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Stoker’s Submarine; Australia’s Daring Raid on the Dardanelles on the Day of the Gallipoli Landing


Reviewed by Robin Broadhurst. Most naval historians know that the first two submarines through the Dardanelles were commanded by Royal Naval junior officers, and were deservedly, awarded the V.C. What I did not know until now, was that the first submarine to penetrate the minefields of the Narrows, AE2, was an Australian Navy vessel. Both AE1 an…

Nobody of any importance: a Foot Soldier’s Memoir of World War I


Reviewed by Michael Lucas. Nobody of any Importance is a lengthy and detailed account, written from memory, in the 1970s, from early childhood to age 21, with 50 pages of editorial notes. Sam Sutcliffe enlisted at 16 in September 1914, trained as a signaller, went to Gallipoli and fought at Suvla, with 2/1st Londons (Royal Fusiliers -29th Division…

Lieutenant Martin’s Letters:  F.W.S. Martin, M.M., an Anzac in the Great War


Reviewed by R. Buckley, B.A., Ph. D. Cantab. Lieutenant Fred Martin, M.M., the author’s uncle, was born in Queensland in 1895. He died at Polygon Wood, September 20th, 1917. Training as a teacher when war broke out, Martin was a fine writer whose wartime letters to his family bring images and characters vividly to life and throw light on contempor…

SPECIAL OFFER: 'Two Sides of the Same Wrong Penny: Gallipoli and the Western Front: A comparison' edited by Michael LoCicero with contributions from Gary Sheffield, Stephen Chambers and others.


Announcing the launch of the Western Front Association / Helion publication: Two Sides of the Same Wrong Penny: Gallipoli and the Western Front, A Comparison The year 1915 saw the BEF severely challenged on the Western Front. Recovering from the loss of the majority of experienced regulars in 1914, a largely new army had to come to terms with t…

Brothers In War reviewed by Michelle Young


ISBN: 978 0 09 190884 3  SB426pp £7.99 Published by Elbury Press.   Edited by Michael WalshThis book follows the lives of the eight Beechey brothers, sons of a Lincolnshire vicar and his wife. The boys were part of a family of 14 children. The book is based around letters sent to their widowed mother by the boys, the letters having been preserved …

Malaria in the Great War


A 1946 map by kind permission of the World Health Organisation)   Malaria in the Great War by Dr David Payne (This article first appeared in Stand To! No.77 September 2006 pp5 - 8)   Introduction Throughout history pestilence has been the cause of the majority of the casualties of war. In general, the Great War proved to be an exception, wi…

12 September 1918 : Pte Albert Henry Smither


Albert lived in Tottenham and Walthamstow, attending Blackhorse Road Boys’ School from 1904-1909. When he enlisted in August 1914, he was working as a wood machinist, working for Harris Lebus, England’s largest furniture manufacturer, He joined the 7th Battallion, The Essex Regiment and by November 1914 had been promoted Lance-Corporal. He served…

The Generals. John Terraine's 1982 Address to The Western Front Association


 [This piece, a transcript of John Terraine's 1982 address, first appeared in Stand To! No. 7 Spring 1983 pp.4- 7] IMAGE (Photo: IWM Q9689) Haig and his Army Commanders at Cambrai, 11 November 1918. First and second rows, left to right: Plumer (Second Army), Byng (Third Army), Haig, Birdwood (Fifth Army), Rawlinson (Fourth Army), Horne (First A…

Finding Great Uncle George


The following message from David Jenkins relates to the way the Pension Records can help find 'missing' relatives who were thought to have served in the First World War. As a First World War genealogist I must say a big thank you to you and your organisation for the work that you have put into getting the Pension Ledger records made availabl…

'Morale, Discipline and Military Effectiveness at Cape Helles in the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915' a talk by Professor Gary Sheffield


Professor Gary Sheffield will be giving a talk called 'All Pretty Well Fed Up and Worn Out? on morale, discipline  and military effectiveness at Cape Helles in the Gallipoli Campaign, 1915.  The talk will examine morale and discipline of British troops at Cape Helles in the Gallipoli campaign, using the sociologist Anthony King's work as a model. …

Two Sides of the Same Bad Penny? Gallipoli and the Western Front, a Comparison


Editor Michael LoCicero Helion, £26.96, hb, 266pp, 22 ills, 4 maps, notes, refs and index. ISBN: 978–191–109–668–9 The sub–title – Gallipoli and the Western Front, A Comparison – suggests a comparative study of various aspects of these two quite different theatres of war. Given that the Gallipoli campaign was relatively short and that fighting o…

114: February 2019


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18 April 1916: Pte Sam Naylor, 6th Bn East Lancashire Regt.


Born in Lancaster in 1877, Sam lived for much of his life in Gargrave, Yorkshire He was employed in the New Brighton Saw Mills before moving to Accrington, Lancashire where he worked as a moulder at Newbank Works. Having seen previous service, Sam was a reservist at the outbreak of war and, after being mobilised, he saw service in France for a sh…

19 June 1915: 470 Sgt Reginald Sydney Smith, 1st Australian Light Horse.


Born at Wilton, New South Wales in March 1879. Upon returning to Australia, he was employed as a labourer until he enlisted into the Light Horse in Sydney on 26 August 1914. Already promoted to Sergeant, he left Sydney on the 'Star of Victoria' on 20 October 1914 bound for Egypt, thence to Gallipoli. Reginald received a gunshot wound to the head r…

25 June 1915: Sgt Auguste Louis Jeannin, 175 RI.


Auguste was born at Bordeaux on 4 June 1846.  A veteran of the Franco-German War of 1870 -71 (where he saw action at Orleans and Le Mans), he was living at 18, Rue Paul Bert, Roanne, Loire by the time of the outbreak of the Great War. Voluntarily enlisting in August 1914, Auguste was sent to the 175 RI with which he was to see service at Gallipoli…

20 July 1916 : 1797 Pte. Alexander McGregor McKenzie, 32 nd Bn.AIF


He was a farmer. He enlisted at Keswick, South Australia on 7 May 1915 and embarked on overseas service from Adelaide on 23 June 1915. After serving at Gallipoli with the 27th Bn AIF from September 1915, Alexander moved to Egypt. After a period of illness, he transferred to the 32nd Battalion and moved to France, arriving at Marseilles on 23 Jun…

Krithia, Gallipoli - A presentation by Dr Michael LoCicero


Michael makes a very welcome return to our Branch discussing the Krithia Sector of the Gallipoli battlefield

28 September 2019 : Gallipoli Association Annual Conference


10.30 : Chairman’s opening address Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Speakers and their topics (in order of appearance – we reserve the right to change): 10.45 : Unheard or Ignored Voices? British Pre-First World War Intelligence on the Dardanelles' with Yusuf Ali Özkan  Born in Turkey, Yusuf is currently a PhD researcher at Brunel Univ…

developments and strategies of 1915 - By Tony Bolton & Grant Cullen


Branch Chair, Tony Bolton will lead  a discussion on the developments and strategies of 1915, which ultimately proved their worth from 1917 and on to the end of the war. Branch Secretary, Grant Cullen, will present  a well illustrated overview of the Gallipoli Campaign, all the pictures being taken by him during a visit to that theatre in 2017. Gra…

The Gallipoli Effect on the Western Front: Clive Harris


The Gallipoli Campaign can only realistically be described as a complete military defeat. From its conception, planning and execution through to eventual successful evacuation, a study of the campaign turns up error after error at the Operational level. Yet, as the last boats slipped their moorings, marking the end of Gallipoli, many of those who h…

The Gallipoli Oak: A Story of a Family’s Unique Legacy to a Lancashire Fusilier by Dr Martin Purdy


PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE  - NOW 17 JAN In March 1922 a Lancashire businessman stepped from a cruise ship onto the Gallipoli peninsula. He was accompanied by a host of other pilgrims equally as desperate to visit this Mediterranean outpost as he and his wife, but what made James Duckworth stand out was the fact that he stepped ashore with a bucket o…

1 December 1915 : 1017 Pte James Joseph Tibbo


The second son of Richard Tibbo of 7 Lime Street, St Johns, Newfoundland, Labourer by his wife Mary Ann daughter of Richard Roach.  James was educated at St Patricks Hall and Holy Cross Christian Brothers’ Schools. A seaman, James joined the Newfoundland Regiment, 13 January 1915. He left for England 20 March 1915. He went to the Dardanelles and…

10 December 1915 : Robin Everingham KIA on this day


Robin was educated by private tutor. When was was declared on 4 August 1914, Robin was at sea on a return voyage from South America. He was completing his 4th year for a navigation certification on the SS Pentwyn. The ship was taken for a transport by the Government. They were moving big guns from Woolwich to Antwerp when the city fell. Robin obt…

30 December 1915: Pte Stephen Sowden


Stephen had seen active service on Gallipoli for a number of months, mainly in the Jephson's Post/Karakol vicinities where he was wounded. Evacuated to Mudros from Gallipoli on 18 December 1915, It was originally believed Stephen became ill and died whilst in transit to the UK. He is now buried in North Front Cemetery, Gibraltar. However, usin…

18 January 1915: Pte Ernest Stuart Markillie


The third child of six of the John Adam Markillie, Mayor of Camberwell in 1908 and an advertising contractor and of Julia Frances Markillie (nee Morris).  Ernest went to Bellingdon Road Higher Grade School and South London School, Camberwell. He was in the first Rugby team and was a fine swimmer. In 1911 age 16 Ernest was living with his five s…

The Gallipoli Oak by Martin Purdy and Ian Dawson


Paperback: 174 pages Publisher: Moonraker Publishing; 1st edition (2013) ISBN-10: 0955447216 ISBN-13: 978-0955447211 A masterful and poetically told story that reads as easily as Michael Morpargo and is just as visual; here however the authors are relating fact rather than fiction. The Gallipoli Oak has everything for the person interested in t…

Lost in France. The Remarkable Life and Death of Leigh Roose Football's First Superstar


Not that familiar or even keen on football I was nonetheless drawn into the intricacies of the game and the intimate life of the man and goalkeeper Leigh Roose. We are then thrown into the First World War, Gallipoli and the Somme. Finally we get the detective story that seeks to uncover what happened to the man during the fighting. Missing in Galli…

Peter Hart 'V Beach Gallipoli 25 April 1915'


We welcome back Peter Hart who has recently retired as an oral historian at the Imperial War Museum. He is the author of many successful books on the First World War, his recent The Last Battle - Endgame on the Western Front 1918 has been particularly well received.  Peter also conducts battlefields tours to Gallipoli and First World War and Second…