the first authentic hotel on the Gallipoli peninsula
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We pumped it up
into big troughs we built there. Eventually we had to built a reservoir just
above Lancashire Landing on the high ground there. It was our job to quarry
all the stone out of the cliffs. Then we used to pump the water into the
reservoir until it was full. The front line troops use to send their water
carts down, fill them up and away they go.
Sapper Leslie Matthews quoted in “Defeat at Gallipoli”, (London 2002), Nigel Steel & Peter Hart, p 309.
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Two 30,000 gallon concrete
reservoirs can be found built during the summer of 1915 by the Royal Monmouth
Royal Engineers, with each being capable of holding three days supply of
drinking water. An inscription can be seen which reads "5 COY MON RE AUG
"Helles Landing-Gallipoli", (Barnsley-2003), Huw & Jill Rodge, p. 114.