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.
Located South West of Azmak and North of the Salt Lake, the cemetery will be
found on the left, 21.5 kms from the junction.
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. On 6 August,
further troops were put ashore 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.
The aim of the Suvla force had been to quickly secure the sparsely held high
ground surrounding the bay and salt lake, but confused landings and
indecision caused fatal delays allowing the Turks to reinforce and only a
few of the objectives were taken with difficulty.
Hill 10, a low isolated mound to the north of the salt lake, was taken by
the 9th Lancashire Fusiliers and the 11th Manchesters on the early morning
of 7 August 1915. The cemetery was made after the Armistice by the
concentration of graves from isolated sites and from the 88th Dressing
Station, 89th Dressing Station, Kangaroo Beach, 'B' Beach, 26th Casualty
Clearing Station and Park Lane.
There are now 699 servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated
in this cemetery. 150 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials
commemorate a number of casualties known or believed to be buried among
1st (Garr.) Bn.
Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Picture courtesy of John Barker, grandson
of this soldier