ARI BURNU CEMETERY
Ari Burnu Cemetery (253 burials) is named after the promontory at the north end of ANZAC Cove and was used throughout the occupation.
Until 2000, Ari Burnu Cemetery has been the site of the ANZAC Day Dawn Service. The cemetery was begun during the campaign. Among the 182 Australian graves are 82 of men from the Australian Light Horse regiments. The first row of graves above the sea wall — row A - contains mostly soldiers of the 8th Light Horse from Western Victoria. Their date of death tells their story — 7 August 1915, the morning of the charge of the 8th and 10th Light Horse (Western Australia) at the Nek.
The men of the 10th lie in rows E and F. In grave E 30 is Sergeant Duncan Bain, 10th Light Horse, who just before the charge was heard ‘calling to his men to get ready and that they would be up on Baby 700 [hill] for breakfast’.
Another interesting grave is that of Guiseppe Camilleri, Maltese Labour Corps (row J, grave 4). These men, along with British wharf labourers, were brought to ANZAC after the August offensive to labour in the rear areas, thus releasing soldiers for work closer to the line.
In 1926 and 1927 11 graves from the Kilitbahir Anglo-French Cemetery and three from the Gelibolu Consular Cemetery were concentrated into Ariburnu Cemetery.
The cemetery, designed by Sir John Burnet, principal architect of the CWGC cemeteries and memorials on the peninsula, is under the control of the CWGC. It was registered as a cultural heritage Site by the Turkish Ministry of Culture on 14 November, 1980.
Kabatepe Ariburun Beach Memorial is a stone monolith at the south of Ariburnu Cemetery, beside the Aegean Sea. Inscribed in English on the monolith are the famous words Mustafa Kemal Ataturk delivered in 1934 to the first Australians, New Zealanders and British to visit the Gallipoli battlefields:
And lost their lives...
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly Country.
Therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies
And the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side
Here in this country of ours...
You, the mothers,
Who sent their sons front far away countries
Wipe away your tears,
Your sons are now lying in our bosom
And are in peace
After having lost their lives on this land
They have become our sons as well
The monument was unveiled by Senator Arthur Gietzelt, Australian Minister for Veterans' Affairs, on 25 April, 1985. Plaques to the memory of Ataturk were unveiled in Canberra (Australian Capital Territory), Albany, Western Australia, departure point of the ANZAC contingent left in 1914, and Wellington, New Zealand at the same time (Taylor and Cupper, 1989).
The memorial, designed by architect Ahmet Gulgonen, was registered as a cultural heritage site by the Turkish Ministry of Culture on 17 June, 1991.
Other locations on our ANZAC Day Gallipoli tour are:
Kabatepe War Museum » ANZAC Cove » Ari Burnu » Beach Cemetery » Shrapnel Valley »
Unknown Soldier Monument » Quinns Post » The Nek » Lone Pine Australian Memorial »
57th Regiment Memorial » Johnstons Jolly Trenches » Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial
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