Anzac - The Canterbury Cemetery

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(01) Strength of Regiment as at 1 April 1915 date of commencement of regimental register prior to embarkation for Peninsula including 3rd Reinforcements, Medical personnel, chaplain, dental surgeon, veterinary officer and armourer.
(02) Landed on the Peninsula.
(03) Reinforcements arrived ANZAC at Various dates.
(04) total on Peninsula.
(05) Killed in action and died of wounds.
(06) Died of sickness
(07) Missing
(08) Evacuated to hospital sick and wounded
(09) Total Casualties
(10) Regiment returned from Peninsula to Lemnos on 14 Sep 1915 for a spell and to be re-established.

Information transcribed from "Gallipoli, The New Zealand Story", (Auckland
1998),  Christopher Pugsley, p. 326

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This cemetery is named after this Regiment as 16 of the 22 known graves are of the CMR. In the Roll Book of the Canterbury Mounted Riffles (*) opened on 1 April 1915 are the statistics of the campaign, neatly written in red copperplate handwriting.  It tells the story of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force at the end of August 1915 :


officers : 33

Other Ranks : 673


officers : 26

Other Ranks : 459


officers : 06

Other Ranks : 186


officers : 32

Other Ranks : 645


officers : 05

Other Ranks : 108


officers : 02

Other Ranks : 010


officers : 01

Other Ranks : 045


officers : 23

Other Ranks : 443


officers : 31

Other Ranks : 606


officers : 01

Other Ranks : 039

the Gallipoli Houses



memorials and cemeteries in gallipoliCanterbury Cemetery with Chunuk Bair in the back







Members of the Canterbury Regiment outside their headquarters on Canterbury Terrace on the lower slopes of Walker's Ridge

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"Members of the Canterbury Regiment outside their head-quarters on Canterbury Terrace on the lower slopes of Walker's Ridge", period picture reproduced from "Gallipoli, a guide to New Zealand battlefields & memorials", (Auckland 2004), Ian McGibbon, p. 77.







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"Although there was no scope for the employment of cavalry at Gallipoli, horses were used as draught animals and, together with motor-cycles, as the trasnport for courriers.  This dispatch-rider gallops at full speed past a cemetery at Anzac.", (Oxford-1991), Philip Haythornthwaite, p. 86.

be made across a position open to fire from Walker's Ridge. We used to watch for the man every day, and make bets whether he would be hit. Directly he entered the fire zone, he started as if he were riding in the Melbourne Cup, sitting low in the saddle, while the bullets kicked up dust all round him. One day the horse returned alone, and everyone thought the man had been hit at last; but in about an hour's time he walked in. The saddle had slipped, and he came off and rolled into a sap, whence he made his way to us on foot.

"Five Months at Anzac, A Narrative of Personal Experiences of the Officer Commanding the 4th Field Ambulance, Australian Imperial Force", Joseph Lievesley Beeston, (Sydney 1916)

There were very few horses on the Peninsula, and those few belonged to the Artillery. But at the time I speak of we had one attached to the New Zealand and Australian Headquarters, to be used by the despatch rider. Anzac, the Headquarters of General Birdwood, was about two and a half miles away; and, being a true Australian, the despatch-carrier declined to walk when he could ride, so he rode every day with despatches. Part of the journey had to