The Anzac and Suvla cemeteries are
first signposted from the left hand junction of the Eceabat-Bigali road.
From this junction you should travel into the main Anzac area. Plugge's
Plateau Cemetery can only be reached after travelling a distance of 10.1
km's and following the signs to Shrapnel Valley Cemetery. An inclined path
from the rear of this cemetery will take you to Plugge's Plateau. The
cemetery is on the north-west corner of the plateau.
The Cemetery is permanently open and may be visited at any time.
The pathway leading to the cemetery is approximately 750 metres from the
main road, up a very steep track. 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.
Plugge's Plateau was captured by the 3rd Australian Infantry Brigade on 25
April and named later from the commander of Auckland Battalion, Colonel A
Plugge, CMG, whose headquarters were there. It became a battery position, a
reservoir, and a position on the 'Inner Line' of defences. The Anzac
Headquarters were on its western slopes.
The cemetery contains 21 First World War burials, four of them unidentified.