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AN UNNAMED  CAPTAIN'S GRAVE
 İSİMSİZ YÜZBAŞI ŞEHİTLİĞİ

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Grave of an unknown Captain in Eceabat

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Grave of an unknown Captain in Eceabat

 

 

 

 

On the waterfront there are the remains of the Çamburnu (Pine Point) Castle, built by Sultan Mahmud II in 1827.  During the campaign, there was a Turkish hospital in the grounds of the fortress.  In late 1918, following the war, Allied occupation forces were stationed in and around the complex.

"Gallipoli Battlefield Guide", Istanbul 2006, Gürsel Göncü & Şahin Aldoğan, p. 139

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On the first night of his mission in 1919, Charles Bean camped "a couple of miles northward along the coast-road between the narrows and Kilid Bahr heights" in a place known as "the old Turkish hospital camp at Cham Burnu".  The next morning they went for a walk :

At dusk we had noticed four crosses not far from our camp and, walking over to them, found a large Turkish cemetery with the graves of, apparently,

 

four Christians (marked by crosses) and about 3000 Turks.  Turkish cemeteries we could usually recognize at a distance by the few thin cypresses near which you would presently descry the grey wooden monuments, like small totem-poles, standing at the angles of pins on a pincushion.  On the crosses in this cemetery we made out the names of three German “pioneers” (military engineers) and one Greek doctor.  The presence of only three German graves among those of 3000 Turks was evidence that the average Australian soldier during the campaign had overestimated the number of Germans in the forces facing us.  Turkish officers, because of their neat uniforms and often fair complexions, were, when seen, almost always assumed to be German.

Gallipoli Mission, (Crows Nest 1990), Charles E.W. Bean, p. 45-46

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