Anzac - The Chunuk Bair Cemetery

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The Chunuk Bair Cemetery - Then

The Chunuk Bair Cemetery - Now


 

 

"Chunuk Bair Cemetery" picture reproduction provided by Güven Pınar  -  private collection.

 

 

 

 

 

... just north of the Chunuk summit, we came upon many traces of British soldiers.  I noted them as Gloucester's.  Clearly they reached here in the dawn of August 8th, beside the New Zealanders, but being completely open to fire from Q

 

 

 


 

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and 971, were shot down or driven off. Slightly to the southern side of the summit we began to find signs of the New Zealanders.  A few had been buried by the Turks in the hard, stony ground of the crest; and, just below the road that skirted the Turkish side of the ridge-top, was (as my diary says) a "Cemetery of them", row after row.  All the bones in the first three rows had been dug up -by the villagers or whoever it was- contained our men and Turks, both."

"Gallipoli Mission", (Crows Nest 1990), Charles E.W. Bean, p. 228-229.


the only Allied men who rest overlooking the unattainable prize of the Narrows


 

Most Gurkhas at the beginning of the 20th century where listed as Religion – Hindu, however, in reality many were Buddhist. At Gallipoli there was a lot of give and take on burial rites and also

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

"Burial Party in 1918 cremating the remains of Gurkha soldiers killed on Gallipoli in 1915", period picture reproduced from "Gallipoli 1915”, (Sydney 2002), Richard Reid, p. 105

the circumstances. When and where possible death rites would have been in accordance with the wishes of friends and villagers who would have know if the individual was Hindu practicing, Buddhist or animist. Hindus are buried when circumstances are not available to burn.

Information provided by Gerald Davies, curator of the Gurkha Museum

 

"A young Gurkha rifleman displays his razor-edged fighting knife, known as a kukhri", picture reproduced from “Gallipoli Illustrated”, (Blair Athol 1981), Kit Denton, p. 87

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The Cemetery was made after the Armistice on the site where the Turks buried the allied dead of 6-8 August. ...

... Lying on the forward slope of Chunuk Bair, these are the only Allied men who rest overlooking the unattainable prize of the Narrows, clearly visible beyond the cemetery.

"Gallipoli Battlefield Guide", (Barnsley 2000), Tonie & Valmai Holt.