Anzac Cove

Anzac Cove

Lone Pine Cemetry

Lone Pine Cemetry

A soldier remembered

A soldier remembered

One of many

One of many

And another

And another

Well, an Aussie in Turkey. Just had to go to Gallipoli, didn’t I?

It was worth the trip; after a leisurely drive down from Istanbul we arrived in the battlefield area in the afternoon and stopped for a look at Anzac Cove. I seem to recall a few years ago there were outcries of protest from (was it the RSL?) people that the Turks had built a road right through Anzac Cove. The cove now has a concrete retaining wall and a two-lane road running right along above the beach. Still, I can see no other way they could have improved access to the area when the ground behind the beach rises steeply up the hill.

The cemetries are well cared for; we bumped into a gentleman there who says he’s worked for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for 26 years. “Ah”, I said, “So you’re the one who’s taken such good care of them.” He has, too, and I thanked him for his efforts. I’m sure every Australian and Kiwi who visits the area must also notice how well kept it is.

At the end of the day, we parked near the entrance to the battlefield area and spent a quiet, peaceful night by the water, with only the gentle lapping of water on rocks to disturb the silence. Not a bit like 100 years ago.


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