The Anzac and Suvla
cemeteries are first signposted from the left hand junction of the Eceabat-
Bigali road. From this junction travel into the main Anzac area.
After 11.6kms. the cemetery will be found on your right.
The Cemetery is permanently open and may be visited at any time.
Please note that in the absence of a cemetery register, visitors are advised
to locate the Grave/Memorial reference before visiting. This information can
be found in the CASUALTY RECORDS within the CWGC site.
For further information and enquiries please contact
The eight month campaign in Gallipoli was fought by Commonwealth and French
forces in an attempt to force Turkey out of the war, to relieve the deadlock
of the Western Front in France and Belgium, and to open a supply route to
Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea.
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.
Canterbury Cemetery is one of the central cemeteries in Anzac and was made
after the Armistice. It contains the graves of 27 Commonwealth Servicemen of
the First World War, five of them unidentified. 20 of the graves are of men
of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles (mostly the Canterbury Mounted Rifles).
John Guthrie Brass
died 10th December
1915, aged 29.
Plot II. B. 4.
Son of William Robert Brass Kirkness and
Jane Guthrie Kirkness, of Midhouse, Kirkness, Sandwick, Orkney, Scotland.
The first photo was taken in Ashburton before John (who seemed to have been
known as both Jack and Jock judging by the names on the back of the photos) left
New Zealand. The second, which must have been taken sometime between Dec 1914
and April 1915, shows him (on the right) with two unnamed New Zealand mates at
Cairo - they look like lads on an adventure. These photos would have been
treasured photos at the time and still are now.
John was the third child (of five children) of William Robert Brass Kirkness and
Jane Guthrie and was born on the 6 March 1886 at Queenamoan, Scabra, Sandwick,
Orkney. His mother died on 9 May 1891 when he was five. His father remarried
soon after her death and fathered seven more children. In the 1901 Scottish
Census, at age 15, John was recorded as a farmer's son living with his father,
stepmother, his younger sister and three of his half siblings at the above
address. John, following his older brother and wife, emigrated to New Zealand
via London on The Athenic departing London in June 1905. Before joining the
Canterbury Mounted Rifles, he was recorded as living and working as a farmhand
near Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand in 1911.
Pictures and text above courtesy of Virginia Rapson
He died of cholemia (bile or bile pigments in the blood) at 13th Casualty
Clearing Station at Anzac on 10th December and is bur