In 1965 Basil Wood Bourne joined a party, primarily for UK veterans, on a pilgrimage to Gallipoli. They called him the "Anzac" ...
... We crossed
the Narrows to Eceabat, near the old Maidos, and went by coaches across to
Anzac Cove. It was noticed by those in his coach that the Anzac became more
and more excited as we approached. The guide with the first coach, in which
was the Anzac, arranged for the stop to be a little beyond the Cove for
traffic reasons. Friends noted that the Anzac worried over this; he would
rather have stopped right at the Cove. But is was only a short walk back to
the Cove and the party left the coach at the Anzac cemetery by the roadside.
The Anzac stepped forward too but fell immediately.
Later on, when we had time to adjust ourselves to the situation, it was agreed that this was a fine way to go out.
Four years later E.H.W.B. recorded this tragic event in the first ever "The Gallipolian" Christmas - 1969
The British submarine "E15" stranded near Dardanos, reproduced from a period postcard (Louis Neefs - private collection)
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(*), the British submarine E 15, commanded by Captain TS Brodie, tried to run
the Straits to get into the Sea of Marmara. The submarine first hit one of
the Turkish nets, and then was caught in a strong eddy of Kephez point, and
ran aground on a sandback. As luck would have it, this was just by the
Turkish Dardanos battery, which lost no time in shelling the submarine. One
shell hit the conning tower and cut the unfortunate Brodie in half, plus six
other crew were killed during the shelling, and the submarine filled with
thick smoke. The rest of the crew surrendered, and were taken into captivity.
"Gallipoli 1915", (Stroud 2002), Tim Travers, p. 39
(*) 17th April 1915
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