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HASAN-MEVSUF BATTERY CEMETERY & MEMORIAL
HASAN-MEVSUF  BATARYA ŞEHİTLİĞİ VE ANITI

 

 

 

 

On 16th March, two days before the famous naval battle, American Ambassador Morgenthau visits the Dardanos Battery during an inspection of the Dardanelles fortifications :

The Turkish generals were extremely proud of the fight which this Dardanos battery had made against the British ships.  They would lead me to the guns that had done particulary good service and pat them affectionately.  For my benefit Djevad called out Lieutenant Hassan, the Turkish officer who had defended this position. He was a little fellow, with jet-black hair, black eyes,


 

 

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extremely modest and almost shrinking in the presence of these great generals. ...

... "It is men like you of whom great heroes are made", said General Djevad.  He asked Hassan to describe the attack and the way it had been met. The embarrassed Lieutenant quickly told his story, though he was moved almost to tears by the appreciation of his exalted chiefs. "There is a great future for you in the army", said General Djevad, as we parted from this hero.

Poor Hassan's "future" came two days afterwards when the Allied fleet made its greatest attack.  One of the shells struck his dugout, which caved in, killing the young man.  Yet his behaviour on the day I visited his battery showed that he regarded the praise of his general sufficient compensation for all that he had suffered or all that he might suffer.

"Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story", (Kessinger Publications), p. 134-135

I have instructed Ali Bey ...  ... to go and check the state of our Dardanos battery, which had recently been reinforced with 15 cm guns from the battleship “Asar-ı Tevfik”. Upon his return (on horseback) from the battery he reported that Captain Hasan and Lieutenant Mevsuf had fallen while on duty  and that the guns had been completely destoyed.

Translated from “Çanakkale Memoirs”, Çanakkale recollections / Volume I, (Istanbul 2005), Salahattin Adil Paşa, p. 133

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