CANTERBURY CEMETERY, ANZAC
Pictures courtesy of Brian Budge
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
After 11.6kms. the cemetery will be found on your right.
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).
An example of the grave markers used in the cemeteries in Turkey, this one is that of an Orcadian, James Kirkness of Sandwick, who served in the Canterbury Rifles. He died of cholemia (bile or bile pigments in the blood) at 13th Casualty Clearing Station at Anzac on 10th December and is buried in Grave II.B.4 in Canterbury Cemetery.
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