The Cemetery’s name recalls the line of defences dug by the Turks South of
Alçıtepe, but it is in fact derived from the redoubt line – the front line of
British and French trenches established in May between the Aegean and the
straits. At regular intervals there were defensive positions, or “redoubts”
built and garrisoned to repel expected counter-attacks by the Turks. The
section on the Krithia Spur, about 100 meters North of the cemetery was begun
by the Australians on the night of the 8th May.
"Gallipoli- A battelefield Guide", (East Roseville 2000), Phil Taylor & Pam Cupper, p. 144
It is always interesting hearing the men’s opinions of their officers. I do not think I heard any one spoken more highly of by the men of the Royal Fusiliers than youngAnstice. Over and over again during the subsequent weeks they would say to me: “You should have seen Mr. Anstice ! I reckon he deserves the V.C. if any one does. There was nothing he would not do for his men. Why, I saw him myself working like a nigger, and much harder than any of the men, carrying ammunition, water and rations, going about all up and down the line without a sign of fear. And we none of us thought he had it in him.But they never stop talking about him now. We are all changing our opinions about many people out here.”
Here and there in these cemeteries we saw primroses and other flowers which
beautify the English countrysize. Elsewere trees and plants from the homeland
were growing in the God’s Acres of this foreign soil. For example the grave
of Second-Lieut. E. Duckworth of the 6th Lancashire Fusiliers, 42nd
Division –“Killed 7th August, Vineyard”- was shadowed by an oak, now ten feet
high, which was brought from England and planted in Redoubt Cemetery by his
father in 1922.
"Gallipoli Revisited", (London 1934), W. E. Stanton Hope, p. 48
Today Second-Lieutenant Eric Duckworth is remembered on the Helles Memorial. His grave was in Redoubt cemetery though.
Gallipoli-August 5 1915
The British at Helles eventually concentrated their many cemeteries into six; as it happened, one of these had originally been established just behind the rearmost of the two Redoubt trenches dug by our 2nd Brigade in its famous advance, actually very near to M’Cay’s little headquarters. Hughes wrote to me in November 1919 that all the Australian remains had been discovered and were buried “practically whereColonel Gartside was buried” (*) Only a few were identified as he was …
Thursday, July 15. I first met W______ at 9a.m. at the R.F.’s and we went of to hunt forShafto’s grave. They had just had orders to move down to the beach. So when the regiment had started, we set off through the usual labyrinth of trenches, into the mule-track, and then along it till we saw a ruined house with a large fig-tree beside it, underneath which his grave was. It had a nice cross, and was elaborately decorated with shell cases. I said a few prayers.
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Desi ghee is served to the people.On the third day after the cremation, the
relatives go to the cremation ground, take the bones of the dead and wash them
in unboiled milk. Then they collect the bones and the ashes in a bag and
immersit in the Beas River or in the river flowing near their Gurudwara. They
don't observe Shraddh or Anniversary for their dead. The period of mourning for
the dead can go up to 10 days, until which the holy texts from the Granth Sahib
are read daily in the house.
(source : www.indianmirror.com)
In the Sikh community after the death of a person, the Kirtan Solah is read. Loud lamenting and breast-beating are strictly forbidden among the Sikhs. People gather around the body and recite the morning prayers. The corpse is bathed and dressed along with the fives K's. The Sikhs cremate their dead like the Hindus and they do it before sunset. The eldest son of the deceased lights the funeral pyre. The priest sings the holy hymns. After the cremation, people go to the Gurudwara where some texts from the Granth Sahib are read. Prasad, is which is cooked with coarsely ground atta, water,
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Little enough did I think 12 months ago today that on the anniversary of
mobilisation I should be writing you from a hole in the Gallipoli Peninsula,
not having seen you for 10 ½ months, and to the tune of 75mm guns.
However you never know your luck, and I may see you in time to celebrate my 20th
birthday at home, but as things look at present, there is not much chance of
Extract of a letter by Eric Duckworth to his mother, transcribed from "Gallipoli, 1915 - Pens, Pencils and cameras at war", (London 1985), Peter H. Liddle, p. 116