RE Well

The Royal Engineers Well.

The RE Well was a 10ft deep concrete well built by 135 Company of the Royal Engineers during the Gallipoli Campaign of the First World War. It is located in Gully Ravine on the norther side the peninsula between X and Y Beaches and was dug in late July 1915. A record of the work undertaken can be found in Joseph's Murray's book, Gallipoli as I saw it. The Gully was one of the few places where fresh water could be obtained. Today, the water is fouled and there is no grill covering the opening. In the nearby undergrowth is a Pill Box. This is post-First World War, but serves as a reminder of the strategic importance of this place. Crossing the old stream bed, it is possible to scramble up onto Gully Spur. It is here there are all kinds of traces of trenches and various other workings.

References / notes[edit]

  • Information: Andy Crooks, 2008.
  • Photograph courtesy of William T. Crookshanks.

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