General Sir Charles Monro had arrived at the Dardanelles on the 27th of October, in the place of Sir Ian Hamilton who had gone home ten days before. Within 48 hours n forty-eight hours Munro recommended evacuation due to the onset of Winter and the growing strength of the Turkish army.
The Government prevaricated and did not make a final decision until 7 December. The evacuation finally began today. To assist the evacuation, 2 Wing and 3 Wing RNAS flew constant patrols over the front and the evacuation beaches to prevent enemy aircraft from finding out what was going on. This appears to have been successful as the evacuation proceeded without interruption.