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As the days passed, the
number of graves seemed to increase in a most alarming manner. Originally,
there were but two or three graves, among the first few being one grave
belonging to the 14th Battalion in which no less than 39 men were buried.
Another grave close to this contained the body of a 4th Battalion Man. But
after the 15th Battalion took over the cemetery, the number of crosses daily
increased until when relieved from the line the men would gaze apprehensively at
them, and it became almost a religious duty to scrutinise the crosses and find out whether a
comrade of the Egyptian days had passed on. Many a cross was fashioned
with more than mere care.
"History of the 15th Battalion", Chataway, p. 32
During the cease-fire of
George Skerret, Otago Battalion - Medical corps, was there as a withness :
The burial parties just dug holes beside the bodies and rolled them in. But in front of Quinn's Post there were heaps of bodies. There were just eleven yards between the Turk line and the Anzac line and these heaps of bodies. They were laying in all sorts of positions, a lot of them swollen. It's amazing to think that they were all buries in that little patch of ground between the two lines. Just a space of eleven yards.
George Skerret quoted in "Voices of Gallipoli", (Auckland 1988), Maurice Shadbolt, p. 61
Last updated : 12/07/07
Frank & Frederick Adcock, Albert & Henry Cottrell, Edward & Victor Cubitt, Richard & Rees Evans, John & Matthew Fisher, Charles & George Ford, Alfred & Henry Funnell, Albert & Allen Harper, Edwin & Victor Hillary, Robin & Duncan Hook, Edward & Henry Jewell, Bertram & Cyril Legge, Albert & Nathan Payne, John & Alexander Ralston, Edward & Percy Stennett, Edward, Frederick & William Urry, Harold & Herbert Wheeler.
As if loosing a son was not enough, some parents lost more than
one. Impossible to describe the grief when the news came that
sons had died on the same day.
Eighteen families of allied soldiers in Gallipoli had to cope with this, one even had 3 killed on a single day.
The Sherwood brothers who served in the 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment is one example ... buried side by side...
Details provided by Robert Pike who collected this information. (further details on Bob Pike's project can be found on the Gallipoli Association's website)
The other pairs of brothers who died on the same day in Gallipoli are listed below ...