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The Allies landed on the peninsula on 25-26 April 1915; the 29th Division at Cape Helles in the south and the Australian and New Zealand Corps north of Gaba Tepe on the west coast, an area soon known as Anzac. Shrapnel valley was a main line of advance, and later of communication with the front line, from the landing beach at Anzac Cove. It derived its name from the heavy shelling it received from the Turkish artillery in the first days of the landing.
Transcribed from the plaque inside the gate of Shrapnel Valley Cemetery
“If stones could speak” is the title of this section and indead under each and every headstone lies a man with a story, many ontold. Norman Henry Sohiers’ story how-ever is there for us to be read.
The bugles of England were blowing o'er the sea,
As they had called a thousand years, calling now to me;
They wake me from dreaming in the dawning of the day,
The bugles of England - and how could I stay?
The banners of England, unfurled across the sea,
Floating out upon the wind, were beckoning to me;
Storm-rent and battle-torn, smoke-stained and grey,
The banners of England, and how could I stay?
O England, I heard the cry of those that died for thee,
Sounding like an organ voice across the winter sea;
They lived and died for England, and gladly went their way –
England, O England, how could I stay
A poem by James Drummond Burns (Scotch College-Melbourne), who died on 18th September 1915
to break the Anzac line. ...
Robert Andrew "Saddler" Slattery learned about his brothers' death (John Slattery) in a rather unusual way as F. F. Knight points out in "These Things Happened" (Melbourne 1975 / p. 166-167) :
of enemy shells fitfully illuminated Monash Gully. The detonations of hand-grenades, the bursts of machine-gun fire, the spluttering of musketry, the crashes of schrapnel and high explosive thundered round and round the head of Monash Gully, echoing and re-echoing in the myriad cliffs and valleys. In the confusion, a party of about twenty Turks rushed our front trenches. At last an effort was being made
Finn from Vyborg Antti Kujala, Marian Pshevolodskey from
Ukraine and Ivan Volkoff from Viatka province.
"Russian Anzacs in Australian History", (Sydney-2005), Elena Govor.
Last updated : 01/02/08
Over 150 natives of the
Russian Empire participated in the Gallipoli campaign in the ranks of the
Australian army. Amongst them there were Belorussians,
Poles, Jews, Finns, Estonians,
Letts, Germans, Osetinians
and some people of other nationalities born in Russia : Edgar Gamson (French)
and George Ball, Francis Dyson, Oscar Gambrill & Kennet McCleland (British).
Some Russian-born soldiers stayed on the Gallipoli shores forever - John Amolin and Vlas Kozakovshonek from Riga, a jew Abraham Leven (alias David Conroy), a