the first authentic hotel on the Gallipoli peninsula
How well I
remember that terrible day
How the blood stained the sand and the water
And how in that town that they called Suvla Bay (*)
We were butchered as lambs at the slaughter.
Turk he was ready, he primed himself well
He chased us with bullets, he rained us with shells
And in five minutes flat he’d blown us all to hell
Nearly blew us right back to Australia
From the song “And the Band played waltzing Mathilda”, 1977, Eric Bogle & the Buchwalkers Band
(*) Anzac Cove
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I saw and heard him mo-ving along the line calling
to the men to get ready and that they would be up on baby 700 for breakfast.
Well, the right of the line did go over the top and my brother was killed.
We were not ordered out of the trenches as orders to cancel the fourth-line
attack in view of the massacre reached us just in time. I was soon told
that my brother had been brought in dying. I didn’t get to him in time and
all there was left for me to do was to bury him and write to his wife.
Enie Bain, brother of Duncan Bain – sergeant in the 10th Light Horse – quoted in "Men of Gallipoli", Peter Liddle, p. 202
Giuseppe Camilleri was
a member of the Maltese Labour Corps :
On the Helles beaches the British used a proportion of hired Greek labour, and an effort was now made by the lines-of-communication staff to obtain a corps of Maltese for Anzac. The men were raised, but on reaching Mudros a large number were found unwilling to face the danger. Some 200, however, under Captain Stivala and four other Maltese officers, volunteered to undertake the service, as did about the same number of an Egyptian labour corps. ...
... This labour was not adequate for the works at hand, especially as winter approached and the weather grew more severe and the work heavier and more pressing.
"The story of Anzac", Volume II, (Sydney 1981), Charles E. W. Bean, p. 835
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Vivian Cyril Brooke of the 12th Battalion (Australian
Imperial force), was captured on 25 April 1915 after being wounded and taken to
Maidos, now Eceabat. He was again wounded when the British navy bombarded the
town a few days later, flattening the hospital in the town and killing many of
the wounded there. Transferred with another wounded Australian prisoner of war
to the town of Biga across the Dardanelles, he died on 4 May and was buried in
the local Christian cemetery. His body was disinterred after the war and he was
buried just above the point where the first Australians came ashore : Ariburnu.
Information provided by Bill Sellars