There has been considerable local interest recently in Britain’s withdrawal from the Gallipoli Peninsula following the unsuccessful Allied attempt to capture the Dardanelles. Reports now circulating claim that a Jerseyman was among the last soldiers to depart.
Private Charles Rogers of Taranaki Company, Wellington Battalion is serving in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, or ANZACs. Originally from Jersey, he left and settled in New Zealand a few years before the war started. His family have received a letter containing details of his final experiences at Gallipoli.
In order to avoid alerting the Turks about the planned Allied re-embarkation, which took place under the cover of darkness, it seems that small groups of men remained behind in the British trenches. Rogers was in one of these rear guard units, staying until 2.10am and firing occasionally at the enemy to give the impression that nothing had changed. At last, with everyone away, Rogers and his unit went down to the beach and left the peninsula to the enemy.
Private Rogers is presently stationed in Egypt with his unit, which is expected to be transferred to France shortly.
Associated record: L/C/125/D1/1 First World War military map of Anafara Saghir, Gallipoli 1:20,000 scale. Includes printed details in French and English of how to signal between two points. Reproduced at the Survey Department, Egypt 1915 G.S.G.S 4000.