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Gallipoli 1915

Cape Helles


Fusilliers' Bluff Tour map

The Turkish lines

The Turkish lines

The upper end of Gully Ravine progressively reduces in depth and soon after Border Barricade it splits with the westward running Nullah.This area was the location of fierce fighting in the later part of the campaign, with tunnelling and bombing being a central focus. If you remain in the gully until its end at the road that runs west from Alcitepe, you will encounter a tall statue of a Turkish soldier glaring down on your advance, albeit erroneously holding a World War Two M1 rifle! This is the Turkish Zighin Dere Dressing Station memorial area, where a symbolic cemetery remembers the thousands of Ottoman defenders who lost their lives here.

In this area in September 2015 I came upon the poignant evidence of a shallow burial. I cannot be utterly certain, but given the location I am fairly confident that this is Turkish. The ground had collapsed near the entrance shaft of an apparent tunnel - again from its direction I  concluded that it was Turkish- and this erosion had exposed the leg bone of an interred body. I passed on the details of this to the local authority.

The photo above clearly shows what I take to be a leg bone protruding from the collapsed ground. Below is the tunnel. A zoomed inset picture is at right and bottom.