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Gallipoli 1915

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Gully Spur

Gully Spur.

It is definitely worth the tramp up Artillery Row to reach this seldom - visited area. Taken in 2015, the photo above shows Jennet Road. This important communications trench is still impressive, despite 100 years of weathering. See also the video below.

Point P.
A great deal of research and the obvious profusion of trenches and dug-outs here lead me confidently to conclude that this is Point P (or P Point as show on some maps). It was a major defence and lookout position.  I confess that I am still trying to find out what the ‘P’ stands for!

Gully Spur trenches.

Video, September 2015. Transversed trenches at the top of Artillery Row, in the reserve area of Gully Spur.

Gully Spur videos

Jennet Road

Video, September 2015. In Spanish ‘Jennet’ means  a small horse. I can find no officer named Jennet whom this trench might have been named after so for the present I am speculating that it may have been a mule trench.  

Once at the top of Artillery Row, you may want to descend again and continue your progress through Gully Ravine. However, if you can spare a further 45 minutes or so there is much to see where you are. In 1915, Gully Spur was largely devoid of trees and scrub, and this seaward section, mainly held by the Indian 29th Brigade after the landings,  saw steady but costly progress in terms of casualties as new trenches were taken and established and the front line was pushed slowly forward.

If you turn right and walk north eastward along the woodland track for about 200 metres, you will be following the extreme left's advance during the battles of Krithia and the Battle of Gully Ravine.

At this stage, you will see that the trees and undergrowth on the right thins out. You are now above the area where the gully is very wide, opposite the lines on the far side that led up to Gully Farm.

 If you intend to do this walk please read carefully the following advice. There are sheer drops in this area.

If you turn 90 degrees to the right and walk slowly and carefully through the multiple shallow trench  lines, dugouts and evident shell holes, after some 70 metres you will come to the eastern edge of the spur and the very steep and sometimes sheer drop into the gully below. Immediately before this drop-off is a long and still impressively deep communications trench, running SW to NE along the very upper lip of the ravine.

This is Jennet Road, and it would have been a familiar thoroughfare for thousands of men as they trudged up to the lines on the left flank or back from them. It is likely to have been a mule trench, being originally very deep and wide.

Despite extensive research, I have thus far been unable to identify Jennet, after whom the trench is named.The obvious conclusion is that it was a officer, but I am also intrigued that ‘Jennet’ in Spanish is the word for a small horse or donkey. Why a Spanish word might have been used is not clear, but perhaps this lends support to a possible function as a mule trench. More research is clearly needed!

Returning to the northward track, proceed forward until the fields at end of the woodland become visible. Making a 90 degree left turn here takes you towards the cliff edge overlooking the sea, so again, caution is needed. Reaching the GPS coordinates indicated below, you are now at Point P or P Point. This appears to have been a forward lookout or guard post, and it was from here that Captain Jackson’s A Company of the 6 Gurkhas descended the cliffs to attack the Turkish redoubt on the headland beyond the next ravine. This took place on the night of 12/13th May 1915.  The success of this assault led General Sir Ian Hamilton to issue a general order that the area secured should be known in future as Gurkha Bluff.

P Point.  40.090213°,  26.200044°.    GE KMZ marker