6 months! They left New Zealand in October 1914, picking up the Australian soldiers on the way. In total they had an army of 20,000 soldiers. They eventually arrived in Gallipoli on the 25th of April 1915. When they left New Zealand they originally thought they were headed for England for training, and then to fight in France. However they ended up on the shores of Egypt and then on to Gallipoli.
The landing spot of the ANZAC soldiers was incorrect, they were meant to land 1500 metres north of their landing spot, on a beach that has low hills. Instead the ANZAC soldiers landed on a narrow beach with a wall of sheer cliffs and a lot of rugged ridges and ravines. These hills were guarded by a small number of fiercely loyal Turkish soldiers who had the advantage of the high ground.
Soldiers in the trenches at Gallipolli These bivouacs were their homes for many months, in the heat and with the flies, and later in the wet and cold.
John Simpson Kirkpatrick It was his job to take wounded soldiers from the battle fields down to the beach for medical attention. This job was made more difficult by the hills being so steep and dangerous with snipers hiding in the hills shooting at them. Simpson found a little donkey abandoned and scared from all the gun fire. He took him into his care and used him to carry his patients down the dangerous path to the beach area. Simpson was killed in May 1915 while carrying a patient down the hill.
1914-1918 Medal 1914-1915 Star Gallipoli Victory Medal 1914- 1919
The bright red flowers grew amongst the rocky ground where a lot of the soldiers fought and died at Gallipoli. The poppy has become a symbol by which we remember those who fought and died in the war. Today people wear poppies on ANZAC Day to remember all those soldiers.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place, and in the sky The lards, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To your from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. Major John McRae 1915
Dawn ANZAC Services are held all over the country in honour of the men who lost their lives in battle at Gallipoli. It also commemorates those who lost their lives in other battles fought since World War One SiteStyleOrnamentationUnveiling Date No of Dead park/gardens female figure wreath, columns 24-Feb-23 228 War Memorial Statue in Whangarei
For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon They shall grow not old, As we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, Nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, And in the morning, We will remember them.