Anzac - The 4th Battalion Parade Ground Cemetery

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Major F.D. Irvine, brigade-major to Colonel MacLaurin, commander of the 1st Brigade, stood up at Steele’s Post to see where the Turks were coming from. Get down, the men told him. “It’s my business to be sniped at”, Irvine, a British regular replied. A Turk on Russell’s Top fired across the back of Pope’s and Quinn’s and killed him.  Ten minutes later MacLaurin stood up on the ridge that carries his name.  He was south of Irvine, but on almost the some line.  He too was shot dead. … No-one was safe at Anzac.

"Gallipoli", (Sydney 2002), Les Carlyon, p. 223

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Onslow Thompson (*) had been killed on the day after the landing when, in constant expectation that the advance would be resumed, his battalion had mistaken an order for straightening the line and had wheeled forward, in a brave but useless advance, right across the summit of Lone Pine and on to the edge of the northern lobe of the same plateau, Johnston’s Jolly. An hour or two later, just as the sun was setting, Onslow Thompson, realizing that the position reach was impossible to hold, had tried to walk across the flat surface of the Jolly to the Australian line.  Turkish machine-guns opened … and Onslow Thompson was killed.
His adjutant, Lieutenant R.J.A. Massie, carried him as far as he could; and four weeks later, during the armistice, the body was found and buried.

(*) Commander of the 4th AIF battalion

"Gallipoli Mission", (Crows Nest 1990), Charles E.W. Bean, p. 65-66






The entrance of the path to 4th Battalion Parade Ground Cemetery



lavendel at the 4th Battalion Parade Ground Cemetery








Lieutenant-Colonel Astley John Onslow






Colonel Norman Henry MacLaurin






last updated : 01/02/08

"original grave of Colonel MacLaurin", period picture reproduced from "Gallipoli Diaries", (East Roseville), Jonathan King, p. 43



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Three cemeteries were made near Bridges' Road during the campaign.  Between April and June 1915 the 4th Battalion, AIF, buried 34 of its dead and 6 from other units in the burial ground on the site of this cemetery. Further South on the opposite side of the valley, was the small cemetery of the 3rd Battalion Parade Ground, where 31 soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, AIF, were buried.  Nearby, to the South-East and behind Johnston's Jolly, was the 22nd Battalion Parade Ground Cemetery, which contained the graves of 13 soldiers of the 3rd Battalion and 3 others who died between 16 and 20 May.  In 1919 the two smaller cemeteries were concentrated in the 4th Battalion cemetery, and isolated graves from the area were also added.

Gallipoli- A battelefield Guide", (East Roseville 2000), Phil Taylor & Pam Cupper.