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EMBARKATION PIER CEMETERY

IF STONES COULD SPEAK - ANZAC

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 22nd August, the day after the attack on hill 60, The Rev. Andrew Gillison :

... was waiting to read the burial service over the bodies of some of those who had fallen in this action, he heard someone groaning in the scub on the ridge in front of the old line.  He had been warned against attempting to move in daylight on that ridge; but he went forward far enough to ascertain that the cry came from a man of the Hampshire, who was lying out wounded and was being troubled by ants. Gillison at once called Cpl Pittendrigh and a man named Wild (of Hinton, N.S.W.) of the 13th Bn.  The three crawled forward, reached the wounded man, and had dragged him for about a yard when a Turkish sniper opened and severely wounded both Gillison and Pittendrigh. Gillison died the same day.

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The story of Anzac", Volume II, (Sydney 1981), Charles E. W. Bean, p. 735


 


The Rev. Andrew Gillison

But on the left flank the wounded were to be evacuated from a pier to be constructed near No 3 outpost.  Here a serious breakdown occured.  The pier was duly erected during the night and large numbers of wounded were brought down to the spot, but boats did not come to remove them.  At daylight the pier and foreshore were in full view of the enemy at1,200 yards, and the wounded began to accumulate in great numbers, lying on their stretchers in the half-shelter of the sand-hills and on the flat at the mouth of the Chailak Dere. Colonel Manders appealed to the naval authorities for barges.  A few craft then arrived, but at 11.00 am the Naval transport Officer at the new pier was again without barges.  All day the difficulties continued, the enemy shelling and firing at the position and the crowd of wounded increasing.

"The story of Anzac", Volume II, (Sydney 1981), Charles E. W. Bean, p. 717

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 Last updated : 07/02/08

"The haka of the First Maori Contingent, Egypt, 3 April 1915", period picture reproduced from "Te Hokowhitu A Tu, the Maori Pioneer Battalion in the first world war". (Auckland-1995), C. Pugsley, p. 32.

 
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