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

  • 16 December 1915

    ANZAC - Brigadier-General John Monash, Headquarters, 4th Australian Brigade, NZ&A Division, AIF - A letter home from Monash gave a…

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  • 17 December 1915

    ANZAC - Charles Bean, War Correspondent, Headquarters, MEF - Charles Bean spent his last full day at Anzac Cove on 17 December. He…

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  • 18 December 1915

    ANZAC - On 18 December the Turks caused an unpleasant frisson of extra excitement at Suvla when their artillery opened up on Lala …

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  • 19 December 1915

    SUVLA EVACUATION - In round numbers, there mere at the beginning of December 100,000 troops at Suvla and Anzac, and the evacuation…

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  • 20 December 1915

    ANZAC EVACUATION - As the various parties began to wind their way as quietly as possible to the beach the men left in the trenches…

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