As the centenary of the evacuation of Gallipoli approaches, it was a revelation to receive a new form of manuscript by Watson. Titled “Gallipoli: The Last Seven Days” the writing touches briefly on the disastrous landing and, in stark contrast, explains the specific details of the evacuation.
Gallipoli: The Last Seven Days also attempts to correct the historical record, recalling Bean’s letter to Watson explaining the error of his own Official History. Watson only ever claimed to be the second last to leave the shore and went to great lengths to show that the beachmaster, Littler, was the last to leave. Warm thanks to Margie Southwell in Adelaide (Watson’s granddaughter) for sending it through.