Five great websites for researching your Gallipoli ancestors

By Deputy Editor, 23 April 2015 - 10:54am

It's the centenary of Gallipoli this weekend. Deputy editor Claire Vaughan has picked her five favourite resources for researching the soldiers who fought there

Claire Vaughan is the deputy editor of WDYTYA? MagazineThursday 23 April 2015
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This weekend marks the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign, with the Queen attending the remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London – part of a day of commemorations across the UK.

In 1915, at a point in the war when there was stalemate on all other fronts, Gallipoli (in the Ottoman Empire) saw Allied forces try to secure the Dardanelles – a strait that provided a vital sea route to Russia. As Simon Fowler says in his excellent feature in this month’s WDYTYA? Magazine: “There is no other way to put it – Gallipoli was a disaster from beginning to end. The troops were poorly led and poorly resourced.” Over 100,000 men lost their lives.

Did your ancestor fight at Gallipoli? Simon recommends some great online resources to help uncover the role of servicemen during the campaign. Here are my five favourites:

The Gallipoli Association This great website holds masses of useful information about the campaign. Share your ancestors’ stories on its new site marking the anniversary.

AIF Project The database contains brief details of the men and women who served overseas with the Australian Imperial Force during the First World War.

Naval History Net Head to this website for details of the Royal Navy’s involvement in the campaign.

National Library of New Zealand For useful guides on how to research the war, plus lots of online resources.

War Graves Photographic Project You can get photographs of war graves without visiting the cemetery through this project.

But it wasn’t just soldiers in the Australian, New Zealand and British forces who were at Gallipoli. Read the amazing story of a 15-year-old who fought there with the French Foreign Legion and was awarded the Croix de Guerre for his courageous actions, in our Family Hero – also in the May issue.

We’d love to hear if you have any interesting stories about your ancestors who fought at Gallipoli. Email us or let us know via Facebook and Twitter.

 

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