Gallipoli 1915 - Talk Dec 7th Gosport


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Gallipoli 1915 explored at Submarine Museum

The remarkable tale of the disastrous WW1 campaign at Gallipoli and its legacy will be explored by local historian Kit Power at a special fundraising evening talk, illustrated with numerous photographs, on Wednesday 7 December at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, Hampshire.

Kit Power, historian said, “The Gallipoli campaign of 1915 was a costly military failure which involved terrible human suffering and remarkable individual courage with no less than 39 Victoria Crosses awarded in the nine months of the campaign. In particular, the exploits of the Submarine service in diving beneath the minefields were just astonishing”

There were two significant military achievements –one was the actions of the British submarines in the Dardanelles and the other was the remarkable and successful evacuation of the land forces at the end of the campaign – a classic success which remains unequalled to this day.This talk will explain the objectives of the campaign, what happened and, from some eye-witness accounts, what it was actually like. It will also describe the key commanders some of the ships, submarines and aircraft that were involved and what the Gallipoli peninsular is like today.

One of the heroes of Gallipoli was submariner Lieutenant Commander Martin Nasmith who gained theVictoria Cross whilst commanding HMS E11. He, penetrated Turkish defences protecting Constantinople Harbour, and torpedoed the steamer Istanbul. HMS E11 was the first hostile warship to enter the Golden Horn in 500 years.

Profits raised from this fundraising talk will go towards the Saving HMS Alliance. Work has now started on the conservation of the historic WW2 era submarine that is the memorial to all submariners who have lost their lives since the service began in 1901.

Tickets for this talk are £12 and can be bought by calling 023 92510 354 ext 241 or on the night at the Submarine Museum.
Details for all events can be found online at Royal Navy Submarine Museum or by calling 023 92510354 ext 240.

For more information contact Bill Sainsbury on 07725641448 or
The Naval contribution is sometimes seen as a side issue to the campaign - could be of interest ? And in support of a worthwhile cause.

Incidentally, a London Division RNVR Sub Lt (Arthur Tisdall) won a VC for his actions in the boat operation during the landing....wonder if he will get a mention.....


[ London Gazette, 31 March 1916 ], V Beach, Gallipoli, Turkey, 25 April 1915, Sub-Lieutenant Arthur Walderne St Clair Tisdall, R.N.V.R. ( Anson Bn, Royal Naval Division ).

During the landing from the S.S. "River Clyde" at V Beach in the Gallipoli Peninsula on the 25th April 1915, Sub-Lieutenant Tisdall, hearing wounded men on the beach calling for assistance, jumped into the water and pushing a boat in front of him, went to their rescue. He was, however, obliged to obtain help and took with him on two trips Leading Seaman Malia and on other trips Chief Petty Officer Perring and Leading Seaman Curtiss and Parkinson. In all Sub-Lieutenant Tisdall made four or five trips between the ship and the shore, and was thus responsible for rescuing several wounded men under heavy and accurate fire.
Owing to the fact that Sub-Lieutenant Tisdall and the platoon under his orders were on detached service at the time, and that this Officer was killed in action on the 6th May, it has only now been possible to obtain complete information as to the individuals who took part in this gallant act. Of these, Leading Seaman Fred Curtiss has been missing since the 4th June 1915.

The following awards have been approved to receive the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal ( CGM ): Chief Petty Officer ( now Sub-Lieutenant ) William Perring, Leading Seaman James Malia and Leading Seaman James Parkinson.

Although buried yards from where he fell, Tisdall's body was never recovered. His name is on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli - Panel 8 - 15

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