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9 August 1915 : CPL Alexander Burton VC

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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, rejoining the battalion on 18 May. Having volunteered and taken part in the forcing of …


13 August 1915 : Pte Arthur Moore

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Parents James and Lettice Anne née Howarth.  At the 1911 Census Arthur was living at home with with two older brothers and his older sister, her husband and 8 year old son at 58, Baron Terrace, Healey Wood, Burnley. This was a four-roomed dwelling. Arthur was 16 and working as a cotton weaver.  Arthur was also a member of the Burnley Lads Club.…


14 August 1915 : Pte Samuel Quinn

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Father George, mother Sarah Jane. At the 1901 Census it would appear that father, mother, Samuel and his 66 year old grandfather were resident in the Chorlton Union Workhouse.  At the time of his enlistment 13 years later the family were living at 12 Anne Street, Fulledge, Burnley. (Above. Maps from OpenStreet Map 2023) After enlisting into hi…


This Bloody Place - With the Incomparable 29th

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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…


079: April 2007

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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 by Michael Walsh

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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

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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, with a r…


12 September 1918 : Pte Albert Henry Smither

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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

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 [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

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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 available …


New Year's Day 1915: The unknown 'Battle of Broken Hill'

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Whilst the vast majority of First World War actions took place in France and Belgium, there were other theatres of war in which British and Commonwealth soldiers and sailors fought. These so called ‘side shows’ in obscure theatres of war took place in many different countries, from Turkey (the Gallipoli Campaign) to off the coast of Chile (the Batt…


Gallipoli : The Dardanelles Disaster in Soldiers' Words and Photographs.

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An insight into the book's origins by one of its authors, Stephen Chambers: During research for our recent book on Gallipoli, co–author Richard van Emden and I came across some incredible personal accounts, most never before published. One of those to provide a fresh and illuminating version of events was that of Second Lieutenant David Rodger Fyf…


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

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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…


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18 April 1916: Pte Sam Naylor

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Sam was born in Lancaster in 1877, the son of an agricultural labourer, Sam lived for much of his life in Gargrave, Yorkshire where he worked in a mil or iron foundry.  He was employed in the New Brighton Saw Mills before moving to Accrington, Lancashire where he worked as a moulder at Newbank Works. At the 1911 Census that family lived at 10 …


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

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Auguste was a veteran of the Franco-German War of 1870 -71 where he saw action at Orleans and Le Mans. At the time of the outbreak of war in 1914 he was living at 18, Rue Paul Bert, Roanne, Loire. Auguste volunteered in August 1914, Auguste was sent to the 175 RI with which he was to see service at Gallipoli from May 1915. Auguste was kill…


20 July 1916 : Pte. Alexander McGregor McKenzie

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He was a farmer. He enlisted at Keswick, South Australia on 7 May 1915 and embarked on overseas service from Adelaide aboard HMAT Kanowna 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, arrivi…


Postponed : 8th President's Conference - Theme '1915 Revisited'

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Given current situation with spread of coronavirus the President's Conference will be postponed until further notice. The welfare of delegates and speakers is uppermost in our thoughts.  Speakers:    Aimee Fox : 'To Gallipoli and Back Again: Learning lessons between theatres, Gallipoli and the Western Front, 1915-1916'? Aimee Fox This talk fo…



The Gallipoli Effect on the Western Front: Clive Harris

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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

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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 : Pte James Joseph Tibbo

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James was the second son of Richard Tibbo (a labourer) and his mother Mary Ann daughter of Richard Roach.  This lived at 7 Lime Street, St Johns, Newfoundland. James was educated at St Patrick's Hall and Holy Cross Christian Brothers’ Schools. A seaman, James joined the Newfoundland Regiment, 13 January 1915. James left for England 20 M…


10 December 1915 : Robin Everingham

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Robin's parents were William and Patricia Florence. 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…


30 December 1915: Pte Stephen Sowden

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Stephen's parents were Thomas (coal hewer) and Mary (cotton winder), both orginaly from Cornwall. At the 1901 Stephen was the youngest of seven (two boys, five girls). By the 1911 Census there was one more boy in the family - a grandson. All the children ages 23 to 25 went on to work in a cotton mill. Ten of them lived in a '2 up 2 down'.  At …


18 January 1915: Pte Ernest Markillie

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The third child of six of the John Adam Markillie, Mayor of Camberwell in 1907-08 who had fought under Lord Roberts in the Afghan campaign. After the army he became an advertising contractor. He married Julia Frances Markillie (née Morris). At the 1901 Census six year old Ernest was at home with his parents, older siblings Ruby (14), Maud (12) E…


The Gallipoli Oak by Martin Purdy and Ian Dawson

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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

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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…


Ep. 80 – The Landing in the Dawn – dissecting the Anzac Gallipoli legend – Dr James Hurst

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Dr James Hurst talks about his latest book (published by Helion & Co.) which reappraises the landing by the ANZAC forces on the Dardanelles on 25 April 1915.  


Ep. 108 – Nobody of Any Importance – Phil Sutcliffe

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Phil Sutcliffe talks about his father’s account of being an infantryman during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element.   Phil's father, Sam Sutcliffe, was a World War One 'Tommy.' He enlisted at the age of 16 in t…


15 April 1918 : Lt Harold Hubert Thompson

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His father, Capt. Magnus Thompson of Jerseyville, Macleay River, New South Wales. Harold had five brothers and three sisters.  He was 26, and working as a builder, when on 19 February 1915 he enlisted in the 18th Battalion. He sailed from Australia with the 3rd Reinforcements, and was taken on strength with his Battalion in October 1915.  He s…


War, Journalism and the Shaping of the 20th Century: The Life and Times of Henry W Nevinson by Angela V. John.

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L B Taurus, London & New York. £29.50. 246 pp. 2 appendices. Notes, bibliog. Index. 3 maps, 16 ills. ISBN 1-84511-081-9 Henry Nevinson is now far less well known than his painter son CRW Nevinson whose disturbing images of the Great War have become justly renowned whilst Henry's journalism has been largely forgotten. Angela John’s study of N…


Defeat at Gallipoli by Nigel Steel and Peter Hart

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xvi 480pp. Hardback. £17.99. Macmillan. 1994. ISBN 0 33 55314 4.  Those of us who seek to pass judgement on the conduct of the Western Front campaign really should study what happened when we attempted to achieve a less costly decision through attacking Germany's allies. This book can therefore be recommended as being the best serious work of the …


Blair Swannell - Lion at War

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Over the years Stand To! editor Jon Cooksey has been involved in co-writing and producing several documentaries for the BBC in collaboration with BBC Senior Broadcast Journalist and Sports Editor Graham McKechnie. These have now been made available with permission for members during the period of lockdown.  In the broadcast which we have made avai…


15 June 1917 : Maurice Bousquet

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Maurice Bousquest completed his compulsory military service in October 1912 and returned to his civilian occupation of shop keeper.  As an Active Army Reservist, he was returned to full time service as sergeant, the rank he attained during his previous service. At the outbreak of war, Bousquet re-joined the 57e R.I. at Bayonne. Soon in action…


2 August 1916 : 292 L/Cpl Stephen Henry (Harry) Horrocks

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Harry was the son of Henry Horrocks and Mary Ann.  The family had emigrated from Lancashire to Australia and lived at Palmyra, Forrest Street, Freemantle in Western Australia.  Stephen wasa mill hand before the war. He enlisted in Perth, 2 March 1915 and attended a medical in Bunbury on the same day. His service record states that he was 5…


The Yorkshire Landings at Suvla

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It is often thought that the first time the volunteers raised by Lord Kitchener went into action was at the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. Whilst this was the first time in the Great War that Kitchener’s men had been used in large numbers, their first action took place nearly a year earlier. The ‘Lancashire Landing’ at Gallipoli is very well kn…


Major John Noble Jephson of 'Jephson's Post' : 29 August 1915

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On 29 August 1915 a Major John Jephson died of his wounds which had been sustained in the fighting at Gallipoli. One of thousands to die in this campaign, he has been remembered by a strong point that was a vital position in the Suvla landings of August. This is just a brief overview of the story. Above: A map of the Kiretch Tepe ridge showing J…


Francis McLaren, Liberal MP for Spalding : Gallipoli and RFC

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On 30 August 1917, Francis McLaren, who was a Liberal MP for Spalding, was killed in an Avro 504 A which fell into the sea off Montrose. He was on a training flight at the time. Second Lieutenant McLaren was undergoing pilot training with Number 18 Training Squadron (RNVR).  Although rescued by a fishing boat, Francis did not regain consciousnes…


18 September 1915 : Pte Leslie James Bell

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Les was the sixth child of Alexander Bell, a mounted Police Constable and Margaret (neé Murphy), his second wife, who bore three of his children. He attended Moama Public School, and was then apprenticed as a blacksmith which he did for two years before becoming an assistant surveyor.  At the time of the outbreak of war he was living at home.  …


Ep. 178 – Irish Recruitment in World War One – Dr Tim Bowman, Dr Michael Wheatley & Dr William Butler

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Dr Timothy Bowman, a Reader in modern British military history, University of Kent, Dr William Butler, the Head of Military Records, The National Archives, UK and Dr Michael Wheatley, an independent researcher who writes on early twentieth century Irish politics, talk about their latest book, The Disparity of Sacrifice. This book examines the mi…


ONLINE: The Morale and Discipline of British and Anzac troops at Gallipoli

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The presentation will be live and online. It will commence at 8.30am (that is not a typo) UK time. The reason for the early start time is to enable this to be broadcast at a reasonable time in Australia and New Zealand. In this talk, Professor Gary Sheffield explores the morale, discipline  and combat motivation of British, Australian and New Ze…


119 : October 2020

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19 November 1917 : Sgt James William Blake

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Of 1 King Street, Burnley, James enlisted into the 5th Bn East Lancs (Regtl. Number 2991) on 15 October 1914. A book-keeper by trade, he was also associated with the town's theatrical businesses on a part-time basis. After volunteering for active duty, he proceeded overseas in March 1915, serving in Egypt and Gallipoli with the 1/5th battalion be…


Virtual Battlefield Tour #2: The Battle for Scimitar Hill, 1915

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We are absolutely delighted to announce the details of the first six Virtual Battlefield Tours, commissioned exclusively for Western Front Association members from Battle Guide Virtual Tours. As previously described, these are 'immersive', interactive 'virtual' tours combining modern technology with original and current audio and video content to g…


Victory at Gallipoli: The German–Ottoman Alliance in the First World War by Klaus Wolf

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Translation from the German by Tim Iredal £30, Pen & Sword Military, illustrations. ISBN 9781526768162. There has been much excitement amongst the linguistically challenged Gallipoli historian community at the release of Victory at Gallipoli. Originally published in Germany in 2008, the book’s revision and translation exponentially increases…


'Grandad’s War' by Prof. John Bourne

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Both my grandfathers were born in 1880, both were coal miners and both had large families. My paternal grandfather (and namesake) John Bourne was, according to my father, a very decent man, but I have rarely shown any curiosity about him. My maternal grandfather, Jesse Sheldon, has always been the most intriguing absence in my life. I think my inte…


Ep. 198 - Churchill and the Dardanelles - Prof. Chris Bell

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Canadian historian Professor Christopher Bell, Professor of History at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, talks about his recent book Churchill and the Dardanelles examines the role Winston Churchill in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign.


Different Truths from the Same Battle

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As dawn broke on the morning of 6 May 1915, the men of the 1/6th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers became the first British Territorial Army unit into action at Gallipoli. Although the number wounded was high, the fatalities from the first encounter were low. What is striking is the very different tone of the first-hand accounts recorded within…


Childhood memories of Gallipoli in the 1920s

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The passion of members of the Western Front Association is such that few fail to recognise an important historic account when they come across one – and thanks to member Edward Lever, a rare first-hand account and photographs of early commemorative work and commemoration at Gallipoli would be recorded for posterity. As part of our ongoing explorat…


The Quest for Grandad’s photo: Pte James Cooper, 1st. Bn. Essex Regiment

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'The grassy slopes that crown the cliffs are carpeted with flowers.  The azure sky is cloudless and the air is fragrant with the scent of wild thyme. In front, a smiling valley studded with cypress and olive and patches of young corn, the ground rises gently to the village of Krithia standing amidst clumps of mulberry and oak.   On the left, a mile…


123 : July 2021

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In Which They Served by Richard Cullen

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£25.00, Unicorn, London, 2020, 336pp hardback, ills throughout, 9 maps. Notes sources and index.  ISBN 978 1 9134 9103 1  [This review first appeared in the July 2021 issue of Stand To! No.123]. This unusual book is about five very different people told through the story of their medals. The author started collecting medals as a schoolboy, but…


'The Highland Mountain Brigade at Gallipoli' with Rob Langham

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Rob Langham is a graduate from the MA course at Wolverhampton and will be taking us to the Gallipoli campaign with a focus on a Highland Unit.  


Submarine operations at Gallipoli in 1915

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When we think about submarine warfare in the First World War, most people’s thoughts turn to the German use of unrestricted submarine warfare, this being was one of the factors that ultimately brought about the entry of the USA into the war in 1917. The British and Empire nations’ use of submarines is largely a forgotten subject. However, during t…


VIRTUAL BATTLEFIELD TOUR 'To Bite and to Hold' The Royal Naval Division at Krithia, 1915'

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This is a reminder that we have just published the first in a brand new series of Virtual Battlefield Tours. These tours are part of our commitment to adding value to the overall membership package.This tour will concentrate on the Royal Naval Division's actions at Krithia during the 1915 battles on the peninsula.  The tour is absolutely free to m…


A brief clip from our 'Virtual Tour #1': The Royal Naval Division at Krithia 1915

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Due to overwhelming demand 'on the night' there was a degree of buffering on the initial 'Virtual Tour'. This was quickly fixed at the time, and the hour-long tour remains available for members to watch via the 'members log-in'. This can be seen without any technical 'gremlins' and has received excellent feedback. Please keep an eye out for news of…


ONLINE: From Gallipoli to the Caspian Sea, the Life of Eric Gascoigne 'Kipper' Robinson VC

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The presentation will be live and online. One of the most intriguing characters of the Great War, Eric 'Kipper' Robinson served notably in the Gallipoli Campaign, Palestine and The Caspian Sea.  He was decorated on numerous occasions and appears on the fringes of seemingly endless moments of history from the Boxer Rebellion, through the…


'From Gallipoli to D-Day: British Empire Armies and Amphibious Operations 1915-44' - Gary Sheffield : Gallipoli to D-Day

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Gary needs no introduction to members of  the Thames Valley Branch (of which he is a member). In his talk he will  argue that the Gallipoli Campaign was not, as it is often regarded, a great missed opportunity to shorten the Great War, but that conditions on the Gallipoli Peninsula were even more unfavourable than those on the Western Front, and th…


Members' Afternoon (1)

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Our annual Members' Afternoon will be held on Sunday, 9th January 2022 - NB this is one week later than usual so that we avoid the New Year period. Again this year, we have a selection of talks which includes: Conscription in the NZEF A Gallipoli Photograph Album RFC (details TBC) The Battle of the Wilsons 1911 - A Monologue in Three Acts Armo…


Travels in Gallipoli - Tim Chamberlin

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PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN VENUE AND DATE FOR THIS EVENT Tim Chamberlin will join us on 14 February 2022 (a week earlier than originally planned) to talk about the Gallipoli campaign and his experiences of visiting the peninsula over the course of many decades. THIS WILL TAKE PLACE ON 14 FEBRUARY AT THE ROYAL NAVAL ASSOCIATION CLUB, COULSON ROAD, …


125: January 2022

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From the Dardanelles to Dunkirk by Peter Hodgkinson and Andrew Rice

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From the Dardanelles to Dunkirk Peter Hodgkinson and Andrew Rice Printed by Amazon, 2022.   299 pp. 19 photos, 8 maps. Bibliography. ISBN 9798405428369. This is an ambitious book which tells the story of six officers, all of the Rice family and spans 65 years (1887-1952) including two World Wars. It sets out to place each officer in the contex…


Gallipoli Day at the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield

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The 25th April is commemorated throughout the U.K., Eire, Australasia and other parts of the world, as ANZAC/Gallipoli Day. Over half a million men died in this ill fated campaign in Turkey during World War One. To mark this event, the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, in conjunction with the Gallipoli Association, a free Gallipoli Day. The day will…


'Nobody of Any Importance' - Phil Sutcliff

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Tuesday 26th April - Phil Sutcliffe speaks about his father's autobiography 'Nobody of Any Importance'  A Foot soldier's Memoir of World War One. Phil's father, Sam Sutcliffe, was a World War One 'Tommy.' He enlisted at the age of 16 in the 2/1st Royal Fusiliers in September 1914 and subsequently fought at Gallipoli the following year. He then fo…


The Centenary of the lone English oak at Gallipoli

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In the Spring of 1922, as part of a unique act of commemoration, the parents of a teenager killed at Gallipoli took the sapling of an English oak tree in a bucket of water across the Mediterranean. One hundred years on and the sapling has grown into an enduring memorial to the sacrifices of hundreds of men from a close-knit group of old Lancashire …


The Royal Navy and the Dardanelles with Dr. John Peaty

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Our presentation this month explores the naval actions in the Dardanelles at the effect on the Royal Navy and future naval strategy. John's presentation will include details of the involvements of different personalities and discuss success or failure! 


ONLINE > 'The Penmaenmawr Quarry Boys: From Stone to Sand, Suvla Bay, August 1915' with Anne Pedley

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The Gallipoli Association presents this online talk from Anne Pedley who will tell the story of a group of volunteers from the Penmaenmawr Quarry in North Wales, who served in the same company of the 6th RWF, in the Gallipoli campaign. The story takes in much of the history of the 53rd [Welsh] Division [the forgotten one] with a murder, the quarry …


Boy Soldiers of the Great War Revisited by Richard van Emden

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[This wonderful article first appeared in the April 2022 edition of Stand To! It is shared here by way of example of the quality of articles members enjoy in every edition of our journal]. Shortly before my father died in 2002, he had a book published that he had been working on since the late 1970s (it was on the Old French epic The Song of Rol…


A talk by Peter Hart 'The Evacuation of Helles 1916'

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We are looking forward to welcoming Peter Hart to the branch once again.  He has been a regular speaker for us over many years, and we have missed his visits over the past couple of years. Peter worked as the Oral Historian at the Imperial War Museum between 1981 and 2020.  In that time he interviewed innumerable veterans of both World Wars.  He h…


“The War on the Wire – The story of signalling in the Gallipoli Campaign” - Clive Harris

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  We welcome Clive Harris back to Hornchurch for his most recent talk about Gallipoli. Clive is well known to WFA members through the Battle Honours tour company. Before this and a spell in the Hertfordshire Police, Clive spent several years in the Army, specifically with the Royal Corps of Signals.  This talk therefore combines his professional …


ONLINE : 'Gallipoli Gallantry: Consistent Courage, Inconsistent Recognition' with Stephen Snelling

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The next Gallipoli Association Zoom talk is called 'Gallipoli gallantry: Consistent courage, inconsistent recognition' and wis with Stephen Snelling. In re-examining some of the most celebrated Victoria Cross actions of the 1915 Dardanelles campaign Stephen will look at the bureaucracy behind some of the awards as well as the erratic nature of som…


In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War from Sarajevo to Versailles VOL I  by Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy

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It is an ambitious author and photographer who states that the aim of his book is to ‘help prevent the Third World War’, but from someone who is now Hungary’s Ambassador to France, I applaud his ambition that if we ‘understand the reasons and the consequences of the First World War’, we can understand the reasons and consequences of all war, let al…


General Sir Charles Monro by Patrick Crowley

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For our February meeting Patrick Crowley returns to talk to us about: General Sir Charles Monro General Sir Charles Monro is one of the least well-known generals from the First World War, yet he was one of the handful of army commanders on the Western Front; He was one of the first divisional commanders in the BEF in 1914 and commanded at corps a…


"Evacuations from Gallipoli" by Peter Hart

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We welcome the return of Peter Hart to our venue at Hornchurch. This evening Peter will discuss the evacuations from Gallipoli. There were six battalions of the Essex Regiment on Gallipoli and one of them took part in both of the evacuations.  We meet at the Poppy Lounge at the Royal British Legion at Hornchurch from 7:30 for an 8pm start. There i…


Members' Afternoon 2023

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Our annual Members' Afternoon will be on Sunday, 8th January 2023 at 14.00. A selection of talks has been offered by members and it includes: Ross Beadle - 'Who killed Captain Duncan Martin? 9th Devons on 1st July 1916 – Plasticine models, poets, ‘lions led by donkeys’…and all that’  Paul Cobb - 'Repairs and Replacements - the AIF process for ma…


Chaplains in Gallipoli: Their Work Behind The Lines with Carole Hope

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Carole Hope will be giving a talk about chaplains in Gallipoli.  Carole Hope’s working life was spent in administrative roles in both the private and public sectors. She graduated BA (Hons) from the Open University in 2000 and the final module for the degree sparked her interest in the Great War. This subsequently developed during many trips to th…


'Nobody of Any Importance. A Footsoldier's Memoir of WW1' - Sam Sutcliffe: A talk by Philip Sutcliffe

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We welcome Phil Sutcliffe to our Hatfield Peverel venue on November the 8th, to present his father's wartime story. Phil edited and published his father's memoires and tells his story of underage enlistment in the London Regiment, Gallipoli, The Somme, The German Offensive in 1918 and time as a POW. At Gallipoli he served for a period alongside a m…


‘From Picks to Rifles’ with Alan Grint

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Alan Grint will tell the tale of local miners who joined the Royal Navy Voluntary Reserve. The majority found themselves posted to serve as Infantry, and service at Antwerp, Gallipoli and on the Western Front followed. We suggest a voluntary donation of £3 per person. Come and join us – we welcome guests and first-time attendees as well as WFA Me…


ONLINE 'Lads of the Lothians- with the Territorial Royal Scots in Gallipoli' by Dave Clarke

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This Gallipoli Association ONLINE talk will focus on the experiences of the 5th Battalion (29th Division so in the initial landings) and the 4th and 7th (52nd Division replacements) before andduring the campaign through their own words and many obscure contemporaryaccounts. It will bring into question the pre-war notion that the erritorials were …


'Gallipoli Chaplains: Crossing the Divide' - a talk by Carole Hope

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Caption: Gallipoli burial service This talk examines the role of chaplains on both sides and many faiths in Gallipoli and looks at such issues as the logistics of providing a chaplaincy service, the day to day operational challenges, both in the front line (for those chaplains who ventured forward) and behind the line and collaboration with medica…


ONLINE ‘Each read each other's soul: British and ANZAC chaplains at Gallipoli’ with Dr. Linda Parker

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The talk will look at the role developed by the British and Anzac chaplains in the circumstances of the Gallipoli campaign. It will focus on difficulties and dangers, opportunities and achievements in their service to the men involved in the landings and battles. Dr Linda Parker is a former history teacher, author and independent scholar who write…


ONLINE: Lt. Col. Charles Hotham Montagu Doughty-Wylie with Anne Pedley

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Dick Doughty-Wylie was the archetypal Victorian – he joined the Army in 1889 and almost immediately saw action at Chitral and later at Crete, Sudan, the Boer War, Somaliland and took part in quelling the Boxer rebellion in China.  In later years, he took on a diplomatic role in life, with his wife, Lily, and it was while he was British consul in Tu…


A Commemoration of Warwick and the Gallipoli campaign

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In August 1915 men of the 9th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and the 1st Warwickshire Yeomanry took part in this ill -fated campaign of World War One. They suffered heavy casualties. The Fusilier Museum and the , in conjunction with the Gallipoli Association, are holding a series of events. These will be held at the Court Room and bo…


ONLINE with the Gallipoli Association 'A Personal Reflection on Gallipoli' with Professor John Bourne

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History is, to some extent, a study in why institutions succeed and why they fail.  The Dardanelles/Gallipoli campaign was undoubtedly a failure. None of the wider strategic aims were achieved and hardly any of the smaller tactical ones. The human and political costs were high. Was the failure one of execution or of conception? Was the failure ine…


ONLINE: Two sides of the same coin: the Newfoundlanders and Maoris at Gallipoli with Ian Binnie and Vincent Gray

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When the First World War broke out Newfoundland and Maoris enthusiastically signed up to serve. Many shared the same belief: that military service would bring favourable recognition to their country or people. Thinking they were going to fight the Germans, the first contingents served in Gallipoli instead. Ian and Vince will outline the political c…


Ep. 313 - Anzac Labour Day - Dr Nathan Wise

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Historian and academic Dr Nathan Wise talks about his book Anazc Labour.   Your browser does not support the audio element. Nathan's book explores the horror, frustration and exhaustion surrounding working life in the Australian Imperial Fo…


'Rupert Brooke & The Glitterati at Gallipoli ' with Peter Hart

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Rupert Brooke & The Glitterati at Gallipoli   -Peter Hart This presentation chronicles the story of the poet Rupert Brooke, who Yeats described as 'the handsomest young man in England'. The talk will detail his early life and his war service. In 1915 he joined the Royal Naval Division's Hood Battalion, and sailed with them in February 1915. …


ONLINE : 'Sucked Oranges – 54th (East Anglian) Division at Suvla Bay' with Stephen Chambers

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The next Gallipoli Association Zoom talk No artillery, no divisional signal company, no field ambulances, no ammunition, no mules and vanishing battalions. The 54th (East Anglian) Division were described as "sucked oranges", lacking the fighting spirit. How true was this statement of the men from East Anglia? Stephen Chambers is a Trustee and his…


A Gallipoli themed tour of Southern Cemetery, Manchester led by Tim Cockitt and Ian Binnie

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Come and join the Gallipoli Association and the Manchester Military History Society for a Gallipoli themed tour of Southern Cemetery, Manchester with Tim Cockitt (Chairman of the Manchester Military History Society) and Ian Binnie (Education Co-ordinator and Trustee of the Gallipoli Association). There will be two tours, the first at 11.00 am and …


Ep. 321 – Field Marshal Lord Birdwood – Richard Farrimond

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In this podcast, Richard Farrimond discusses their motivation for writing a comprehensive biography of Field Marshal Lord Birdwood, highlighting their personal connection to Clifton College and Birdwood’s autobiography, Khaki and Gown, as initial inspirations. Your browser do…


TALK RESCHEDULED FROM MAY 'Gallipoli - a photographic tour concentrating on Cape Helles' a talk by John Tanner

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This talk will feature a selection from the speaker's extensive collection of images relating to the Gallipoli campaign with a focus on the fighting at Cape Helles.  The speaker, John Tanner, who was the founder of the WFA Ox and Bucks branch like many of us had his interest in the First World War sparked by a family connection. In his case it was…


The Gallipoli Association Fifth Regional Conference in partnership with the Heart of England WFA

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Conference Programme 9.15am Registration starts (Tea and Coffee on arrival)  10.00am Conference commences 12.30 Lunch (not provided)    4.00 pm Finish A display of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in Gallipoli will feature some rare photographs, documents, medals and other artefacts. Speakers: Stephen Chambers: 'Jack Tar: Churchill’s Lit…


Nobody Of Any Importance: A Foot Soldier's Memoir Of World War One - Phil Sutcliffe

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Sam Sutcliffe grew up a poor boy in north London, enlisted at 16, fought on the front line at Gallipoli 1915, the Somme 1916, and Arras 1918 where he was taken prisoner. Somehow he stayed lucky, survived – and, in his seventies, he finally unleashed his remarkable near-total-recall memory and wrote it all down, childhood to demob.In this talk, his …


'Stanley Finch - A Medic at Gallipoli' - Karen Dennis

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At the Hatfield Peverel venue, on this occasion we look at the wartime service of one man. Chelmsford man Stanley Finch served in 88 Brigade (TF) Field Ambulance, part of the 29th Division. He served on Gallipoli, amongst others, and had a photo album which was ultimately donated by his family to the Essex Regiment Museum. Essex Branch Memorial Of…


Nobody of any importance

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"Nobody of Any Importance" - Phil Sutcliffe Sam Sutcliffe served at Gallipoli, on the Somme, at Arras, and was taken POW during the 1918 Kaiserslacht.  His son, Phil, will be reading from Sam's personal memoir of his time during the Great War and of his impoverished  in London.    


MK WFA AGM

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Come along to our AGM and find out what we got up to last year, and what is planned for this one. Refreshments at ‘half-time’, followed by two slide shows – ‘Exploring Gallipoli’ by Jim Barrett, and ‘From a Portrait on a Wall - to Today’ (The Founding of MK WFA) by Jane and Roy Backhouse.


Gallipoli Association Zoom Talk. 'An officer’s account of a one way trip to Suvla' with Wilfrid Dimsdale

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This will be a talk based on Captain Wilfrid Chapman’s letters home written while on the Aquitania on her voyage out and the disembarkation at Lemnos. The speaker, Wilfrid Dimsdale, is a grandson of Wilfrid Chapman. He's a farmer living on the Herts/Essex/Cambridge borders. He has done extensive research on the letters of his grandfather. All Zo…


Amphibious Landings at Gallipoli, 25 April 1915 by Gary Sheffield

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Amphibious Landings at Gallipoli, 25 April 1915 by Gary Sheffield Early on 25 April 1915 the 29th Division landed on the tip of the Gallipoli peninsula at Cape Helles. A second amphibious landing was made by the Anzacs at Gaba Tepe (later renamed Anzac Cove) to the north.  This was the start of the Gallipoli campaign. Gary will talk about the bac…


General Sir Ian Hamilton and the Gallipoli Campaign by Will Bryant

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General Sir Ian Hamilton was born in Corfu on 16 January 1853.  He saw extensive service in many parts of the British Army and he also took part in the Second Anglo-Afghan War, the Mahdist War and the First and Second Boer Wars. After Britain declared war on Germany in August 1914, he was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Home Army.  In March 191…


CONFERENCE : 1st, 2nd, 3rd March Canada (Pacific Coast Branch)

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We're sure members of The WFA will be excited to learn of details of this conference in Canada. It will be held in Victoria B.C., Canada which runs from Friday evening (1st March) through to Sunday lunchtime (3rd March). Details and registration is available on the Canada (Pacific Coast Branch) website. In brief the conference will run as follows…


Twenty Years After: The Battlefields of 1914-18 Then and Now

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Quite a number of 'partworks' (magazines published over a number of weeks) were published between the 1920s and the start of the Second World War. The last of those dedicated to the history of WW1 came out in November 1937 and was called 'Twenty Years After'. Originally intended to be published in 'about 40 weekly parts' the first set of magazines …


The Staffords at Gallipoli in North Persia, Italy and Mesopotamia

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A special day with the Gallipoli Association to remember the important theatres of the First World War, away from the Western Front The service of the Staffords on the Western Front during World War One is familiar to many. Less well known is their contribution to the wider war. Battalions of both the North and South Staffords served in Gallipoli,…


ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2024: Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux

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This moving service will take place at the Australian National Memorial, France at 5.30am on Thursday 25th April 2024. This year’s ceremony marks the 106th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, when Australian Troops finally captured the town after fierce fighting. This action represents the high-water mark of the German Spring Of…