This small folder of prints bears the message: “Photographs taken in Gallipoli by a trooper in the Bucks Hussars”.
There are no other explanatory notes, however the pictures speak for themselves – from trench warfare to the day-to-day details of a soldier’s life, and finally the haunting image of soldiers waiting on the crowded beachhead while out at sea warships lie at anchor…
My grandfather talked less about Gallipoli than his subsequent campaigns in Egypt and Palestine. Admittedly it was a shorter campaign, but I feel that the more likely reason was that there were less amusing stories to tell. My understanding, from what I have been able to piece together, is that after becoming seriously ill with dysentery he returned to hospital and a brief convalescence in England before embarking on his second and third campaigns in the Middle East.
© Paul Barham, February 2018