Discover records and online resources for Gallipoli centenary

Gallipoli Peninsula, 1908 (catalogue reference: WO 301/282)To mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings of the First World War and ANZAC day this April, we have made a selection of records and blogs now available to see online.

We have also created a video in which you can discover how the Mexican dollar coin was used to commemorate the crewmen of HMAS Sydney.

First-hand views of Gallipoli

You can view a series of panoramic photographs taken of the Gallipoli peninsula and read a first-hand account of the Gallipoli landings from Captain CA Milnard.

Newly released records

Our partner Findmypast has also released over 43,000 records relating to prisoners of war (POWs) 1914-1920, including Gallipoli records that form part of a wider collection held at The National Archives. These records relate to the internment of both allied and foreign members of the armed forces, civilians and merchant seamen of various nationalities spanning 250 years. The records contain the names, ranks and locations of POWs and provide insights into life in the Ottoman camps. They also include details of requests made by inmates for items including footballs and biscuits, details of visits by foreign diplomats and reports on camp conditions.

Caroline Kimbell, Head of Licensing at The National Archives said: ‘As the grand-daughter of a Gallipoli survivor, I’m grateful to our partners at Findmypast for bringing these very human records to a worldwide audience for the first time. The collection marks the start of a complex and fascinating programme of prisoner of war records through the ages and there couldn’t be a more compelling start to the project than the Gallipoli story.’

You can follow global commemoration on Twitter using #Gallipoli100

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