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The Gallipoli Campaign:  February 1915 - January 1916

In early 1915, British and French warships attempted to force their way through the Dardanelles straits to attack Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire. After the naval attack failed, troops were landed on the Gallipoli peninsula. The campaign ended in defeat for the Allies and the forces were withdrawn.

Men from across the former British Empire fought at Gallipoli and the CWGC now commemorates 36,000 Commonwealth servicemen on the peninsula, including:

25,000 members of British forces

7,200 from Australian units

2,300 from New Zealand forces

1,500 from the Indian Army.

The campaign also resulted in a total of 87,000 Ottoman deaths.

From 23rd - 25th April 2015, events will be held at our cemeteries and memorials across the world to commemorate the centenary of the campaign.  There are a number of other ANZAC day events taking place in and around Zonnebeke, including concerts by Gone West. Please click here for further details.

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Archives online

Gallipolli Now

Gallipoli Then

Other information can be found in our Gallipoli Trail leaflet and our Gallipoli leaflet.  You can also view the casualties commemorated via our casualty database.


CWGC Items if Interests

Medical Care on Lemnos

The island of Lemnos played an important role in the Gallipoli Campaign.


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CWGC Items if Interests

The Gretna Rail Disaster

During the First World War, Edinburgh was home to the depots of the 4th, 5th, 6th and 9th Battalions of the Royal Scots, with the 7th Battalion at Leith.


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