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reach junction between trench and communication trench. Come upon a group of
soldiers. Go to their side. The wounded soldier is at their feet. He has
been hit in the mouth. O my God !! May you protect all of us !! The bullet
has emerged from the back of his neck. As he breathes, blood gushes out of his
mouth and streams into a puddle already formed on the ground. A medic is
trying to bandage him. It is no use, my son. Hes finished. May God forgive
his sins. Turn him on his side so the blood can flow more easily and spare
him further pain and discomfort I tell him. The men do as I say and stare at
me. They are astonished I can talk calmly and with such composure. One can
see horror in their eyes. As for us, we have been exposed to such scenes so
many times that we are used to them. We have had a surfeit of horror !!
"Bloody Ridge", The diary of 2nd Lt Mehmed Fasih, acting commander of the 7th Company, 47th regiment, 16th Division, Northern Group of the 5th army, (Istanbul 2003), translated by H.B. Danışman, p.170
Last updated : 01/12/06
Martin Alfred Brooke (Auckland Mounted Riffles) :
E. W. Barttett (11th L H Regiment) :
J.J. Ryan (AIF 04th Battalion) :
William Arthur Cooper (AIF 06th Battalion) :
John Henry Norris (AIF 16th Battalion) :
Edwin Walter Parker (AIF 20th Battalion) :
cemetery, sited behind the then front held by the 48th Regiment of the Turkish
16th Division, are buried soldiers who died in fighting in the sector from May
onwards. Apart from the soldiers from the 48th Regiment, men from the 63rd, 72nd
and 77th Regiments that at times served in the same area are also buried here.
In total the names of 1153 soldiers are listed as lying in the cemetery.
"Gallipoli Battlefield Guide", (Istanbul 2006), Gürsel Göncü & Şahin Aldoğan, p.23
In 1991, while in Australia, Professor A. Mete Tunçoku presented the surviving Australian & New Zealand veterans with an inquiry. One of the questions was : What were your opinions and impressions of the Turks while you were fighting in Gallipolli ?