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you?” I fled. Bluck was a dairy farmer with a young family.

Lt Westmacott (AIR) quoted in "Gallipoli-
The New Zealand Story", (Auckland 1998), Christopher Pugsley, p. 37

Captain Alfred Charles Bluck


 

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This cemetery and the ridge it stands on, was named after a British officer, General H.B. Walker, who commanded the New Zealand Infantry Brigade in the early days of the campaign.

"Gallipoli Battlefield Guide", Istanbul 2006, Gürsel Göncü & Şahin Aldoğan, p. 145

 

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The word spread along the line.  Trooper Harold Rush, a young farmhand, realising he was likely to die in the next few mo-ments, turned to his mate beside him and said : “Goodbye cobber. God bless you”.  Later, when his grieving parents were told this they arranged for his last words to be inscribed on his head-stone, which today lies in the cemetery on Walker’s Ridge.

"The Nek", (Kenthurst 1996), Peter Burness, p. 113

On 6th August 1914, before sailing from New Zealand, Lieutenant Westmacott accidently overheard Captain Alfred Bluck on the phone to his wife : 

In the passage I heard him holding a long distance conver-sation over the phone with his wife.  He had said he would be going and after a pause with a note of surprise in his voice, he asked “You are not crying are