On 25th April 1915 the Australian and New Zealand Corps landed on ANZAC Beach (Gallipoli-Turkey) at 5.05 a.m. This landing has been commemorated ever since in Australia, Great Britain, Malta, New Zealand and Turkey.
"Our readers will learn with the same pleasure with which we make the announcement that the number of Maltese officers at the front is rapidly swelling. Six more officers from the local corps have now left for the Dardanelles (...) . The number of officers serving from the KOMRM [King's Own Malta Regiment of Militia] serving the Dardanelles is thus brought up to thirteen; and of the officers from the RMA [Royal Malta Artillery] to four, exclusive of the two who are serving in Flanders. (...) We are sure that all the gallant officers who have hitherto proceeded to the field of honour will do credit to their corps and to their native island and in the name of all in Malta we heartily wish them the best of luck and a safe return to their dear ones at home." The Daily Malta Chronicle, September 10, 1915.4
"Here we dead lie because we did not choose
To live and shame the land from which we sprung.
Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, and we were young."
November 13, 1915
Final failure of British and Anzacs at the Dardanelles:
"Mr. Churchill has resigned. This was the momentous news contained in letters exchanged between Mr. Churchill and Mr. Asquith. The reasons that Mr. Churchill gives are such that anyone can understand. He is young and active, and he naturally does not desire to remain in 'well-paid inactivity.' Rumour, often cruel and baseless, credits him with the Antwerp and Dardanelles expeditions. History will prove that he was in no way responsible for those adventures." (Daily Mirror, London)6
"I have a clear conscience, which enables me to bear my responsibility for past events with composure. Time will vindicate my administration at the Admiralty and assign me my due share in the vast series of preparations and operations which have secured us the command of the seas." Winston Churchill, to H.H. Asquith 7
"You had the conception of the Dardanelles, the only imaginative conception of war." Clement Attlee, to Winston Churchill, 19548
"Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives..
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
Therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours...
You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears:
Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace.
After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."Kemal Atatürk9
1. Australian , New Zealand, Army Corps.
2. John A. Mizzi, Gallipoli: The Malta Connection , Tecnografica Publication, 1991, Valletta, Malta, p. 143
3. Ibid., p. 109.
4. Ibid., p. 103
5. Voices from the Great War by Peter Vansittart, Pimlico, 1981, p 53
6. Ibid., p. 86
9. (1934) in Newspot, 20th April 1990, p. 2.