THE CENTENARY ISSUE OF ‘THE GALLIPOLIAN’
The Spring 2015 issue of The Gallipolian (No. 137), published in mid-April, commemorates the centenary of the landings at Helles and Anzac.
The issue contains articles by a number of eminent historians. John Lee writes about the life of General Sir Ian Hamilton and Brigadier Chris Roberts, from Australia, has contributed an article entitled The Anzac Landings – a Failure of Command in which he contrasts the failings at divisional and brigade level in the AIF, with the initiative shown by their Ottoman opponents.
Christopher Pugsley, from New Zealand, assesses the contribution and sacrifices made by his fellow countrymen at Gallipoli in an article entitled From the Uttermost Ends of the Earth; similarly, the role played by French forces and Indians troops are highlighted by Peter Hart and Professor Peter Stanley respectively. There is also a first-hand and previously unpublished account of the Landing at W Beach compiled by Katherine Davies from the memoirs and letters of her Great-Grandfather, Captain Harold Mynors Farmar who served as a staff officer with the 86th Brigade. Concluding the centenary articles in this issue is one by our former editor, David Saunders, tracing the career of Captain Eric Bush DSO, DSC, a founder member of The Gallipoli Association who, as a fifteen-year old midshipman on HMS Bacchante, served at Gallipoli during the April landings.
Among the other items is an update on the Association’s Centenary Plans including the Gallipoli Centenary Education Project; more on the Royal Munster Fusiliers at Coventry and a report on the re-interment, in Israel, of the remains of John Henry Patterson who established the Zion Mule Corps and later commanded the 38th Bn. Royal Fusiliers. There are also reports on the commemorations last year at the Field of Remembrance and at the Cenotaph in London together with the usual items of Association business and a selection of Book Reviews.
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