SAILOR Martin Heighway aims to plant 100 trees as living memorials to those who died in the defining campaign of the First World War.
Lieutenant Heighway, based at HMS Sultan in Gosport, wants to honour dead from the 1915 Dardanelles campaign.
The pines will be planted across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight with the first planted in Gosport.
Lt Heighway, whose grandfather fought in the Gallipoli campaign, said: ‘Every day I teach young Royal Navy personnel about their proud history, including how some sailors became the infantry of the Royal Naval Division and were involved in some of the bloodiest land battles of The First World War.
‘I found the idea of extending the Lone Pine metaphor to the modern day enchanting. Young men from the RND sacrificed a great deal.’
More than 500,000 people died in the Gallipoli campaign, fought between April 25 in 1915 and January 9 in 1916.
Lt Heighway’s grandfather, Richard Beresford Heighway, was a reservist private and landed at Suvla Bay in August 1915, north of the initial landings at Cape Helles and Anzac Cove.
The Suvla landings were supposed to be a breakthrough but little progress was made.
In an effort to draw away Turkish troops the Anzacs carried out diversions, including on Turkish trenches at a place known as Lonesome or Lone Pine.
Artillery fire there reduced a wooded area to one tree. There were 2,200 Anzac casualties over four days of bitter fighting.
Cpl Benjamin Smith sent a souvenir pine cone from a Turkish trench cover home to his mother after the capture of Lone Pine Ridge.
She kept the cone for 13 years and two plants grew from it.
One was planted at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra in 1934.
Lt Heighway added: ‘As a tree grows, so may the memory of that sacrifice grow and eventually self perpetuate.
‘Those in Hampshire who receive a Memorial Pine will be able to maintain a reminder of the Gallipoli campaign, and the part Hampshire played in it.’
The first tree in the project will be planted at Bay House School on Tuesday.