- Gallipoli territory: Northern Territorians at the Battle of Gallipoli, 1915
Gallipoli territory: Northern Territorians at the Battle of Gallipoli, 1915
Gallipoli territory tells the unique stories of 55 Northern Territorians who served in Turkey during the 1915 Gallipoli Campaign. All of these men overcame the handicap of distance to enlist in the war relatively early (there was initially no enlistment office in the NT), with many voyaging to recruiting centres across Australia at their own expense. These men came from a broad variety of backgrounds, ranging from labourers, farmers and miners to doctors and public servants.
Several of these men finished the war with distinguished records, including Victoria Cross winner Albert Borella. Others had notable post-war careers, with Leslie Giles serving as an acting Administrator of the NT in 1936-37.
Eight of the 55 Territorian Gallipoli veterans paid the ultimate price, being killed during the campaign or dying of their wounds. A total of 85 Territorians enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force between the outbreak of war in August 1914 and 31 July 1915 (a cut-off date chosen because it is unlikely anyone enlisting after this date would have taken part in the Gallipoli campaign which effectively ended in December of that year). Some 65% of 85 enlistees served at Gallipoli - a remarkable number by any measure.
Gallipoli territory also lists over 400 Territorians who enlisted during the duration of the Great War, a huge contribution from a pool of just over 1,000 military aged males identified in the 1911 census.
Details: Non-fiction, published 2022.
Format: Soft cover, 132 pages.