On 11th October 1915 General Sir Ian Hamilton, commanding Gallipoli, received a cable from the SofS for War (Kitchener) asking for an estimate of the losses which would be involved in an evacuation of the peninsula. Hamilton regarded such a step as unthinkable and replied accordingly the next day. On 16th October he received another cable recalling him to London where he was told HMG wanted a fresh, unbiassed opinion, from a responsible commander, upon the question of an early evacuation. The man chosen was General Sir C.C.Monro, then C-in-C Third Army in France. Hamilton never received another operational command. This, then, is his final despatch, written in London and dated 11th December 1915, and in it he describes the operations on Gallipoli in July and August .
TRAGIC STORY OF THE DARDANELLES. IAN HAMILTON’S FINAL DESPATCH
Hamilton was recalled to London on 16th October 1915 and replaced by Gen Monro. This, Hamilton’s final despatch, covers operations on Gallipoli in July and August