Gallipoli Weather : May 1915

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May 1915

01 sat  


"Several cases of dysentery and rheumatism.   Few wounds, mainly spent bullets and shrapnel.  Weather fine, warm days but cold nights."  (Hutchinson / Cpl N.Z.M.C)

HELLES : (Night attack by 21 Turkish battalions)

"Beautiful weather"  (Gillam / Cpt 29th Div 88th Brig)


02 sun

03 mon


"It is a perfect morning, but it is getting very hot."  (Gillam / Cpt 29th Div 88th Brig)

04 tue

05 wed

06 thu   

HELLES : (Second Battle of Krithia, involving combined French, British and Imperial Forces)

"The days here are fairly warm but it is bitterly cold at night in fact it is almost impossible to sleep. That is if you get a chance of doing so."  (Moriarty / Sgt 29 Div 86 Brig 1st R Munster Fus)

07 fri  

HELLES : (Second Battle of Krithia still going on.)

"It was a lovely day and the sun was strong. ... The sun was still high in the heavens; the air stifling and the stench nauseating." (Murray / RNDiv Hood Btn)

08 sat

09 sun

10 mon  

ANZAC : (Unsuccessful attack by Australians at the head of Monash Valley)


"Another most perfect day." (Gillam / Cpt 29th Div 88th Brig)

"(Morning) The sky had been clouding over, and soon it began to pour. I had no coat, and a kindly staff officer beckoned me into a large tent. ... The rain was still pattering on the tent when I was told by a helpful staff captain that the Mule Corps had moved that morning, and to a spot which on the map was barely half a mile rom our watery dug-outs. My men had disappeared into shelter too, and I could only find three of them. We walked back in the rainover rough downland, torn with big shell craters ..."  (A.Behrend / 2nd Lt 1st Essex Rgt 42nd Div)

11 tue


"Went into the firing line at 7 am out at 1 pm. In again at 7 pm and came out at 7 am. Very miserable owing to the continual rain."  (Weingott / LCpl AIF 1st Bt)

"Muggy day with rain." (Hutchinson / Cpl N.Z.M.C)


"Started to rain about 11 am also it was very windy and we had no shelter." (Moriarty / Sgt 29 Div 86 Brig 1st R Munster Fus)

"Rather cloudy today, and much cooler."  (Gillam / Cpt 29th Div 88th Brig)

12 wed


"Rain still continues." (Weingott / LCpl AIF 1st Bt)

"Showery, but not so bad as yesterday.  Rained heavily in the night.  Just managed to screw myself into small enough compass to be under cover. ... Blankets and oil sheets still on Goslar.  Pinched oil sheet from hospital.  No good sleeping on wet ground when they are lying idle there. "   (Hutchinson / Cpl N.Z.M.C)


"It is raining hard this morning and very cold as well. ... Afternoon : Go to Brigade H.Q. in the afternoon and find the rest camp at the white pillars an absolute quagmire of mud, many of the dugouts being half full of water." (Gillam / Cpt 29th Div 88th Brig)

13 thu

14 fri  


"We are having lovely weather."  (Lycett / Cpl Spr  AIF 4th Field Ambulance)

"Last night it was very cold in the trenches." (Birch / NZ Mt Brig)

"Quiet day. ... Wet night."  (Hutchinson / Cpl N.Z.M.C)

HELLES : (H.M.S. Goliath sunk at mouth of the Straits)

"Getting very hot, but perfect weather." (Gillam / Cpt 29th Div 88th Brig)

15 sat  

ANZAC : (General Bridges mortally wounded at Anzac)


" 5.30 A beautiful clear day and one can see in detail the Asiatic side and the Isle of Imbros." (Gillam / Cpt 29th Div 88th Brig)

16 sun


"Perfect day again."  (Gillam / Cpt 29th Div 88th Brig)

17 mon

18 tue

19 wed

20 thu 

ANZAC : (Turks first ask for an armistice after disastrous attack of 19th May at Anzac)


"Brilliant weather once more. It gets frightfully hot now in the middle of the day." (Gillam / Cpt 29th Div 88th Brig)

21 fri


"Raining tonight and sea rather rough."  (Lycett / Cpl Spr AIF 4th Field Ambulance)

"Today was fine, but for some unaccountable reason there was a slight swell coming in from the N.W. on to our beach. It was not much, but it made the old lighters and pontoons rock; and it gave one an idea of what extraordinary luck we have had in the matter of Weather. We have not had one rough day - not one day even mildly disturbed. Except for one occasion, when there was a wind from off the shore - which of course did not affect us - we have had glassy smooth seas from the day we landed."  (C.E.W. Bean) 

"Weather getting hot." (Hutchinson / Cpl N.Z.M.C)


"After supper I saw the rain clouds gathering, and I spread my waterproof sheet over the branches ( = roof of his dug-out) and retired into my lair." (A.Behrend / 2nd Lt 1st Essex Rgt 42nd Div)

22 sat


"Raining nearly all night, was pretty uncomfortable turning in, about 9 a.m. on sodden ground and with damp blankets.  (Lycett / Cpl Spr AIF 4th Field Ambulance)

"Incessant rain during the whole day which I do in the firing line." (Weingott / LCpl AIF 1st Bt)

"Rough night last night.  Several barges broke away and came ashore.  Picket boat also got into difficulties.  Steady rain all morning, making things rather rotten.  Managed to keep my bivvy dry, but was sadly overcrowded, as I accommodated the two Jimmies whose abode is not yet finished."  (Hutchinson / Cpl N.Z.M.C)


"I was awakened by the depressing sound of rain pattering down steadily on the roof. I felt a bit damp and soon discovered the reason. My sheet, being too small, had been acting as a gutter and downspout and had conducted all the rain to the bottom of my dug-out. I was lying in a pool of water but I felt too sleepy to worry; I rolled over on the other side and woke a couple of hours later to find the sun shining brightly." (A.Behrend / 2nd Lt 1st Essex Rgt 42nd Div)

23 sun

24 mon   

ANZAC : (Armistice to bury the dead)

"Rain continues throughout the day."  (Weingott / LCpl AIF 1st Bt)

"There was heavy rain that morning for most of the fifteen miles to Anzac; but it cleared away before we went on shore from the torpedo-boat and it left behind a hotter, damper, more airless day than I could match in all my experience of the Italian scirocco. ... It had been hot enough by the water's edge; but the farther we penetrated up the Valley of Death (Shrapnell Valley) the hotter it became. The sun had broken through the silver mist above, and the wet verdure from the arbutus bushes all the way along the gradually narrowing ravine was exhaled in steam." (Compton Mackenzie / Lt Gen Staff)


"Perfect day after ten; very heavy rain earlier."  (Gillam / Cpt 29th Div 88th Brig)

25 tue  

ANZAC : (H.M.S. Triumph torpedoed off Gaba Tepe)

"Rained hard today."  (Lycett / Cpl Spr AIF 4th Field Ambulance)


"Half an hour later (than noon) a storm burst over us without warning. It lasted only five minutes, but the rain in that time was enough to soak everything. The fires were doused and dinners ruined; the bottom of the trench became a swamp in which greatcoats and blankets actually floated. I sat under my waterproof sheet and pretended it kept me dry. ... Sopping blankets were rolled and tied to wet packs. The rest of our kit was equally wet, and when we were dressed up and ready to go the greater weight of everything made us stagger. ... The big communication trench was becoming like a canal. Tortoise river was in spate and its swirling eddies swept over the path. Our boots were squelching, clammy trousers were clinging to cold wet thighs, spirits had sunk to a low ebb."  (A.Behrend / 2nd Lt 1st Essex Rgt 42nd Div)

"At half past five (in Gully Ravine), while we were still tramping wearily along the stream bed towards the firing line, the sky clouded darkly and a few heavy drops splashed down. Then came the deluge. The rain descended in sheets and within a couple of minutes the dry streambed was awash and ankle deep. We all scuttled for what little shelter there was; with Stancliffe and Heaps I took refuge under a ledge of overhanging cliff. I had already pulled my waterproof sheet over my head, and at first it kept me dry. But chunks of earth came tumbling down on us once the rain had saturated the cliff above our heads, and finally our shelter collapsed and we found ourselves standing beneath what is aptly known in Westmoreland as a spout.

The sudden torrent of earth and water caught me unawares, and in a matter of seconds I was drenched to the skin. It was then I touched the lowest-yet depths of misery. Fifty yards away a much greater section of upper cliff collapsed, and a brown mass of mud and water poured into the Gully with a thunderous roar. On the opposite side several disconsolate gunners emerged from their dug-outs and splashed through the curtain of rain in order to secure a limber which ten minutes previously had been standing high and dry but now was threathening to float away. In the stream be itself the flood waters rose steadily inch by inch, and many different things rushed by on its flood - blankets, trees, animals, even dead Turks."  (A.Behrend / 2nd Lt 1st Essex Rgt 42nd Div)

26 wed


"It is another perfect day, and it is absolutely ideal at our "bivvy" on the cliffs overlooking the south-west tip of the Peninsula. The sea is perfect ..."  (Gillam / Cpt 29th Div 88th Brig)

27 thu

28 fri  

ANZAC : (Late at night, Turks fire mine in front of Quinn's Post, Anzac)


"I find that Brigade H.Q. [at Pink Farm] have moved forward a little to the left, and have dug nice quarters into the side of a small hill. They were flooded out of their previous Headquarters by a cloud burst - a curious phenomenon. We did not feel it at all on the beaches and yet a few miles inland they experienced a veritable flood." (Gillam / Cpt 29th Div 88th Brig)

29 sat   

ANZAC : (Attack on Quinn's Post in which Major Quinn was killed)


"It is a cold grey dawn. Death is bursting all around us now, but plenty of the boys are crawling out and lighting their little fires." (Idriess / AIF 5th Light Horse)

"A beautiful day ..."  (Gillam / Cpt 29th Div 88th Brig)

30 sun

31 mon 

ANZAC : (Fighting at Quinn's Post, Anzac still going on)


"A perfect day... 2.p.m. This afternoon it is so hot that I strip to the waist and write on the cliff."(Gillam/Cpt 29th Div 88th Brig)


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