Thursday, 5 November 2009

Gallipoli, Turkey

Lone Pine Cemetery, Anzac Creek
Using her own photograph this beautiful tribute card was created by Joan Currie, Sydney, Australia.
This card and others are available in the GALLERY if you would like a copy.

About 480,000 Allied troops took part in the Gallipoli campaign. The British had 205,000 casualties (43,000 killed). There were more than 33,600 ANZAC losses (over one-third killed) and 47,000 French casualties (5,000 killed). Turkish casualties are estimated at 250,000 (65,000 killed).

Lone Pine cemetery derives its name from the single pine tree observed to be growing here when the Australian soldiers came up here from the landing on 25 April 1915. From that date through to August there was much heavy fighting at Lone Pine, the rear of the cemetery today marking where the Anzac lines were during those months and the wall and pylon of the Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing marking the region of the Turkish trenches.

There are many more War Cemeteries at Gallipoli.

Joan's photograph

Chunuk Bair Cemetery

Chunuk Bair was made after the Armistice on the site where the Turks had buried some of those Commonwealth soldiers who were killed on 6-8 August. There are now 632 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried in this cemetery. Only ten of the burials are identified. The cemetery also contains the Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, one of four memorials erected to commemorate New Zealand soldiers who died on the Gallipoli peninsula and whose graves are not known. This memorial relates to the Battle of Sari Bair and in other operations in this sector. It bears more than 850 names.
More information HERE.

See also:
Hector Ross

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