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 12.8kms the
cemetery will be found on the left.
Embarkation Pier is on the north side of the mouth of Chailak Dere, at the
north end of Ocean Beach (or North Beach). The cemetery is a little way
inland, between the beach and the road from Anzac to Suvla.
The Cemetery is permanently open and may be visited at any time. The
location/design of this site, makes wheelchair access impossible.
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. On 6 August,
further landings were made at Suvla, just north of Anzac, and the climax of
the campaign came in early August when simultaneous assaults were launched
on all three fronts.
Early in August 1915, the Embarkation Pier area was occupied by the
headquarters of two divisions, and later by the 16th (British) Casualty
Clearing Station. The pier was made for the purpose of evacuating wounded
from the Battle of Sari Bair, but it came under heavy rifle and shell fire
and was abandoned after just two days.
Apart from five original burials, the cemetery is made up of burials brought
in after the Armistice from the cemeteries known as Chailak Dere Nos 1 and
2, Mulberry Tree, and Apex, and from isolated graves.
There are now 944 Commonwealth servicemen buried or commemorated in the
cemetery. There are special memorials to 262 casualties known or believed to
be buried among them but 662 of the burials are unidentified