Monthly Archives: May 2015

31 May 1915

Today the fate of George Calderon and several thousand other British soldiers at Gallipoli was sealed. Sir Ian Hamilton, Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, decided to fight a general action on the Helles front without waiting for the extra … Continue reading

Posted in George Calderon, Personal Commentary, Timeline | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

30 May 1915

1st bn KOSB 87th Brigade 29th Division M.E.F. May 30th Dearest Mrs P, I’m hard up for paper. Please send some. We’re still on the same spot, in broiling sun, dry and beautiful; sea to either side. […] Daily programme … Continue reading

Posted in George Calderon, Timeline | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Nothing happened’

It is a very curious thing, but in none of the sources that I have used for understanding the full military context of George’s life on Gallipoli does the date 29 May feature. Nor did he write a letter to … Continue reading

Posted in George Calderon, Timeline | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

28 May 1915

It may have seemed surprising, or even shocking, that Calderon did not end his letter to Kittie yesterday with any endearments to her, only a ‘warm embrace’ for their dog! But its beginning — ‘Oh dearest Mrs P.’ — is … Continue reading

Posted in George Calderon, Personal Commentary, Timeline | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘New Western Polovtsians’

                                                                                … Continue reading

Posted in George Calderon, Personal Commentary, Timeline | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

26 May 1915

This afternoon the ferry steamer from Mudros with George Calderon on board arrived at Helles and its draft of soldiers from Britain landed ‘under the crumbled ruins of a white castle’ as he put it, i.e. the old fort at … Continue reading

Posted in George Calderon, Timeline | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

25 May 1915

In a blue harbour surrounded by green rock-broken hills in a place I may not name. 9 a.m.                                             … Continue reading

Posted in George Calderon, Timeline | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment