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Gallipoli 1915

Cape Helles

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Artillery Row

Artillery Row and Artillery Road

About half way from the beach towards the final front line, the gully opens out into a wider area that was known to troops as the ‘football field’. As the line was slowly pushed forward, so too was the advance on the high ground to either side, named Gully Spur on the seaward side and Fir Tree Spur on the inland side. Access between the areas was essential and on the right an existing  track was developed to become a small road and on the seaward side a path named Artillery Row was cut to allow guns and other traffic to move up and down. Both Artillery Road and Artillery Row still exist, and you will find their lower ends almost facing each other in this area. Artillery Road will take you up and out of the gully, emerging north east of Pink Farm. If you have the time, a walk up Artillery Row onto Gully Spur is well worth it. The walk is not overly steep, but it does take some effort. As you ascend you will see a long deep offshoot gully down to your right. This would undoubtedly have been used as an HQ, reserve or storage area during the occupation. It is now far too overgrown to explore.

As the ground levels off at the top of Artillery Row, you will come to a well-defined path running across your direction. This runs the length of Gully Spur from the headland at the beach up to Geoghegan’s Bluff.  It is worth exploring this area. The remains of trenches and dug outs are all around under the scrub and trees. The ground is broken and uneven - take care, especially if you are on your own. This spur area was held by the 29th Division and in particular by elements of the Indian 29th Brigade. The continued tour of Gully Ravine means retracing your steps back down into the gully. Once you arrive, turn left to continue towards the front line.