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Along the path at the bottom of the valley warning notices were stuck up.  The wayfarer has to be as punctilious about each footstep as Christian in the Pilgrim’s Progress.  Should he disregard the placards directing him to keep to the right or to the left of the track, he is almost certainly shot”

 “Gallipoli Diary” Volume I, (London 1920), Ian Hamilton, p. 256 (May 1915)

"John Monash : after his time as a brigade commander at Gallipoli, he went on to become Australia's most famous general.  The mad terrain and sloppy planning at Gallipoli gave him few chances to use his best gifts.  The higher he rose in rank, the better he became", picture reproduced from "Gallipoli",  (Sydney 2002), Les Carlyon, p. 376.














"Looking up Monash Gully. Deadman's Ridge is on the skyline to the right at the head of the gully. In the foreground are the sandbag barricades that were staggered at intervals up the route for men to run between to avoid the sniper fire from Deadman's Ridge.",  period picture reproduced from "Gallipoli, The New Zealand Story", (Auckland 1998), Christopher Pugsley, p. 178






"dead man's ridge (the farthest cliff) from mouth of Shrapnel gully", period picture reproduced from "The story of Anzac", Volume II, (Sydney 1981), Charles E. W. Bean, p. 253









battalions had landed the day before and were scattered from Russell’s Top to 400 Plateau. A shrapnel pelet hit Monash as he tried to collect his men. It had burst too high and did no harm; he pocketed it as a souvenir. He took his men into the high-washed valley that would bear his name and set up his headquarters under Courtney’s Post. He took over the left center, which included the crazy position of Quinn’s Post, exposed to flanking fire as well as to a frontal assault and where the troops in the front trench could not see over the crest and had a cliff immediately behind them. His dugout smelt of musty earth and cordite. It was not at all like Toorak, but it did have a telephone.

"Gallipoli",  (
Sydney 2002), Les Carlyon, p. 215


"The entrance to the trenches at Quinn's. The importance of the post can be seen by the view down Monash Valley, then Shrapnel Valley to the Sea. Wire netting on the right of the entrance was to prevent Turkish grenades rolling to the terraces below, where men can just be seen",  period picture reproduced from "Gallipoli, The New Zealand Story", (Auckland 1998), Christopher Pugsley, p. 253.

Last updated : 01/04/08

Monash came ashore around 10.30 am on the 26th. His tidy mind at once told him he had walked into chaos. Three of his

Have just got back from the Valley of Death, otherwise called Monash Valley after Col. Monash. At the south and of our beach is a steep bluff which the enemy are particular fond of shelling. You have to cross this bluff climbing over it by steps cut in the clay, and go down to other side into the valley. If the Turks shell you while you are crossing your chances of being unhit are about equal to one’s chances of winning Tattersall’s sweep. As soon as you strike the valley all you chances are quadrupled. The valley is really pretty, a deep cleft between high hills covered with vivid green scrub. A narrow road winds through this. The first thing one notices is the number of stretchers with wounded passing down to the beach…
The whole valley roars and cracks with echoing shot-howitzer, shell, maxim, rifle and grenades. Overshot bullets sing gaily overhead and everyone seems inclined to hurry. Half a mile up a good well has been sunk giving 400 gallons a day. A few more yards and we were stopped by an Australian Colonel who advised us not to pass Suicide’ Corner. He told us he had seen 14 men shot as they tried to rush past the turning. Three were caught in 10 seconds. All this in the last 4 hours. The Engineers have built traverses of sandbags and put a man with a red flag to warn you to keep under cover, but there is a hundred deadly yards over which you and death race for stakes….’

Colonel Fenwick DADMS of the Australian & New Zealand (nr 2) Division quoted (around 10th May) in "Gallipoli, The New Zealand Story", (Auckland 1998), Christopher Pugsley, p. 218

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