Family histories

All over the world people are exploring their family history and publishing it online. If your ancestor went to Gallipoli please send us some information about your research.

A soldier’s voice

Pte Henry Miller Lanser AWM

If you’d like to hear one of the soldiers speak, there’s a recording of 24 year old Private Henry Miller Lanser here.  It was made in Egypt, before he went to Gallipoli and sent back to his family in Sydney, Australia.  Henry Miller Lanser survived Gallipoli, although he was wounded twice, but was killed two years later in France.  How precious this recording must have been for his family.



Kobi Watson researches his grandfather Horace Martyr

Kobi Watson at Anzac Cove blog title image

15 year old Kobi from Melbourne, Australia, tells us about his trip of a lifetime in April 2015 when he attended the Anzac Day Dawn Service in Gallipoli, 100 years to the day when his grandfather landed on the beach. Read about his visit to Britain here, and see his film – Gallipoli: Through the Eyes of a Teenager.



Steve Warburton tells us about his wife’s grandfather, Cuthbert Lucas

Letters from Cuthbert Lucas to his mother

Lucas was ‘First In and Last Out’.  He saw the Gallipoli Campaign through from the beginning to the end, rising from the rank of Major to Brigadier-General in the course of nine months, and wrote a letter home to his mother every Sunday.




Peter Biles reads his grandfather Harry’s letters home

Peter Biles

Harry Biles went to Gallipoli in February 1915 with the Royal Navy, aged 36. He had joined the navy at the age of 15. His grandson Peter Biles reads from Harry’s poignant letters and diaries. Harry was killed in July 1915.