15th December – Gallipoli by Steve Smith


This is a Zoom talk and will take place at 6pm on Thursday 15th December.

Steve qualified as a Guild Guide in 2004, having left the RAF in 2003, where he served for 18 years as an RAF Police NCO at various bases in the UK and abroad and completed tours in Northern Ireland, the Falklands and in Macedonia on a NATO Peace Keeping mission. He has had an interest in military history since the age of 13 when he was introduced to his Great Grandfather Private G/5203 Frank Smith who served in the 7th and 8th Buffs in WW1 at the Pozieres Memorial on the Somme. Since then, he has traced his war from 1915 to 1918 and now assist others in doing the same thing. It is both a passion and a calling to him.

On August 12th, 1915, the 1/5th Battalion Norfolk Regiment advanced with the 163rd Brigade towards Kuchuk Anafarta Ova in Gallipoli and, according to a despatch from Sir Ian Hamiliton, ‘They charged into the forest and were lost to sight or sound. Not one of them ever came back.’ Steve Smith has researched this story over a number of years and has walked the ground where this event occurred. He has looked into the truth and myth of the accusations that surround their alleged disappearance and puts forward evidence towards their actual fate.