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AZMAK CEMETERY

 

the Gallipoli HousesSuvla - Azmak Cemetery

 

memorials and cemeteries of gallipoli

 

IF STONES COULD SPEAK - SUVLA

 


 

coporal J. A. Barnaby

 

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One of the most isolated CWGC cemeteries on the peninsula, Azmak Cemetery was begun after the war.  The graves of 16 small battlefield cemeteries were concentrated here : Dublin, Sulajik, 5th Norfolk, Borderers’ Ravine, Oxford Circus, Worcester, Kidney Hill, Irish, Azmak Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4, Jephson’s Post, Essex Ravine, Hill 28, and Lone Tree Gully.

"Gallipoli, a battlefield guide", (Roseville 2000), Phil Taylor & Pam Cupper, p. 232

If ever there was a dangerous job he always volunteered for it, and was constantly out reconnoitring the enemies’ position and bringing in useful information to his officers.  He … was very lucky for a long time, he was one of the few who escaped all hurt in the original landing, but at Suvla, Sergeant Cooke, while doing a brave deed , was mortually wounded, and, although he must have been in great agony for a couple of hours before he died, he never uttered a groan.  Just before the last, he said : “Am I dying like a British soldier ?” No soldier died more gamely.

 Azmak cemetery in spring

The Newfoundlanders were also present in Gallipoli and were assigned to the famous 29th Division. Although they never wore them in battle, the "Blue Puttees" and their legend are famous as explained on the website  “Newfoundland and the great war” :
... The absence of sufficient quantities of khaki material for the leg wrappings, or puttees, forced the soldiers to make do with navy blue; hence the designation “The Blue Puttees” for the First Five Hundred.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

private J. J. Hynes, one of the Newfoundlanders that died in Gallipoli


 

 

 

Lt-Colonel John H. Patterson, author of the book "With the Zionists in Gallipoli", notes (p. 267-8) the death  of another "brave" soldier :

Sergeant W. Cooke

the OC of the Graves Registration Unit in Gallipoli -in a letter dated September 23, 1919 had the following to say about the 5th Norfolks :

We have found the 5th Norfolks - there were 180 in all; 122 Norfolk and a few Hants and Suffolks with 2/4th Cheshires. We could only identify two -
Privates Barnaby and Cotter. They were scattered over an area of about one square mile, at a distance of at least 800 yards behind the Turkish front line. Many of them had evidently been killed in a farm, as a local Turk, who owns the place, told us that when he came back he found the farm covered with the decomposing bodies of British soldiers which he threw into a small



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ravine. The whole thing quite bears out the original theory that they did not go very far on, but got mopped up one by one, all except the ones who got into the farm.

Anzac cemetery in summer

 

 

 

Fortunately our second in command came with his revolver in his hand and said: "Make a halt here, dig in wherever you are."  Despite down we were losing and they were all shot in the head and it dawned upon me that this fire was coming from above.  So I told my machine-gunner, Private Rabbits, to turn his gun on the trees.  He swept the trees all around us with machine-gun fire and the Turkish snipers fell down from the trees almost like ripe fruit.  From then on we had less trouble with this sniping. Unfortunately Rabbits having done this good work set his gun up, stood up for a moment and was shot through the head.  That was the end of him, pity about that.

Corporal Arthur Hemsley quoted in "Defeat at Gallipoli", (London 2002), Nigel Steel & Peter Hart, p. 270


 

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