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Surviving Chunuk Bair: H D Skinner at Gallipoli

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H D Skinner was one of over 24,000 ANZAC soldiers injured during the Gallipoli campaign of WWI.

He went on to become our Museum Director.

Surviving Chunuk Bair: H D Skinner at Gallipoli tells his story, from digging trenches to dodging machine gun fire. Visitors can experience his recollections of the battlefield as told through the items he used, the images he gathered and the letters he sent home to family.

H D Skinner sent these letters to family and friends in New Zealand during the war. Four of them detail the three days and nights of fighting during the Battle of Chunuk Bair, and were written in 1915.

The other four were written from Cambridge, England in 1917 and include details about H D’s recovery, research and life at Cambridge with his new wife Eva.

 

Download each letter's scan and transcript:

 October 1915 Bethnal Green Infirmary transcript

 October 1915 Bethnal Green Infirmary letter

 5 October 1915 transcript

 5 October 1915 letter


 6 October 1915 transcript

 6 October 1915 letter


 13 October 1915 transcript

 13 October 1915 letter


 22 October 1917 Father transcript

 22 October 1917 Father letter


 22 October 1917 Mother transcript

 22 October 1917 Mother letter


 26 October 1917 transcript

 26 October 1917 letter

 5 November 1917 transcript

 5 November 1917 letter