Martin Purdy

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“As a Lan­cas­trian, I seem to have spent an aw­ful lot of time this year work­ing on re­search projects re­lat­ing to the cen­te­nary of the ill-fated Gal­lipoli cam­paign of the First World War. Hardly sur­pris­ing given that a whole divi­sion of part-time Ter­ri­to­rial sol­diers from my area, plus a num­ber of pro­fes­sional and ser­vice bat­tal­ions from old Lan­cashire, were shipped off to the Dar­danelles. My web­site of choice has been the Gal­lipoli As­so­ci­a­tion ( gal­lipoli-as­so­ci­a­tion.org). It isn’t free, but then lit­tle is th­ese days, and for a £20 fee you get ac­cess to 44 years’ worth of in­sights via a back cat­a­logue of jour­nals – the con­tent of many made up al­most ex­clu­sively of the rec­ol­lec­tions of veter­ans of the cam­paign. Bat­tal­ion war di­aries, reg­i­men­tal mu­se­ums and pop­u­lar his­to­ries can all pro­vide sound and sub­stan­tive back­grounds, but there is no sub­sti­tute for read­ing the in-depth rem­i­nis­cences of those who lived through it. In ad­di­tion, the mem­bers’ fo­rum is first class, with many pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur ex­perts on hand to share their knowl­edge. For those read­ers who have a rel­a­tive who served at Gal­lipoli and are keen to find out more, I highly rec­om­mend tak­ing mem­ber­ship of this site.”

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