Our European Trip to Gallipolli & Wedding in United Kingdom travel blog

Shrapnel Valley

Schrapnel Valley

Where's Wally Anzac Beach

Anzac Cove

Simpson's grave at Beach Cemetery

Beach Cemetery

Anzac Cove

Anzac Cove - our rowers

Security was increassing

preparation for ceremony at North Beach

Beach Cemetry

Crane at top of the Sphinx - Plugges Plato to photograph ceremony

Our rowers in Anzac Cove











Wednesday 22nd April

Before I begin telling you about today I thought you might like to know what was in our lunch packs. A multitude of items. First we had a couple of chunks of cheese (not sure what type)? Then some crackers. two bread rolls, some mayonnaise, tomato sauce, jam, a drink (from fruit juice to a soft drink), bottle of water, plastic cutlery, then some fruit eg. apple, banana (soft), orange. Small packet pringles (plain - sometimes flavored), and Oreos. Needless to say some strange combinations of food were put together. We couldn’t work out what the tomato sauce was for but figured that Italians had heard we liked it so put it in!!!!!! Amazing swaps went on with trading from flavoured pringles (rare) and orios (they were the favourite). A new black market had began!!!!!!!!!

Today I refused to use the ladies on the car ferry on the way over - it was disgusting - leaked, stank and looked like a urinal you had to stand in - wish I had that funnel!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today we went to Anzac Cove.

Shrapnel Valley Cemetery. A valley which the ANZACs had to secure to bring in their supplies and take their wounded out. Simpson and his donkey worked here (he was killed here late in the campaign). Because it was a valley and the Turks held the high ground they had to build a trench around the valley. Turkish snipers shot at any soldier they could see. It was a very dangerous valley, but needed and we lost a lot of men there. Going from one trench to another was very dangerous and lots were lost by accidentally being seen.

We then went to the beach cemetery where there was a make shift hospital, Plugges plateau – where our guys got 20 – 15 minutes after landing. If we had managed to hold this Plateau the campaign might have finished differently. Finally we went to North Beach where they first landed.

Today two buses did not get to two of our historians and they were left behind. One was Don – Paul’s brother!! Don didn’t have an international mobile so did not get of Quinn’s Post to later in the evening. Unfortunately for Don and Paul (the other historian) – we had to sail to Lemnos (Greece) that evening to get all our passports stamped – something about the people who came onboard the ship at Istanbul. Their passports had to show that they had been out of the country – a Turkey visa thing. So we sailed at 7.00pm before Don got back to the ship and Jill did not find out until after we sailed – she was not very happy. Don had to then find accommodation in a place that was totally booked out because of the commemorations. A group of 600 Australians, booked by Matt McGlocklen (a prominent travel agent) had been kicked out of their hotel because Australian government required the accommodation – amazing what money does in this country. The poor people could only then find accommodation in Istanbul.

Don boarded the boat the next morning.

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