Gallipoli Helles and French Cemetry


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July 19th 2015
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Gallipoli Helles and French Cemetry Blog





Ihad always been aware that a
few British soldiers joined the
ANZAC forces at Gallipoli.





But
I had not been aware
of the number.





Cape
Helles is at the
southern tip of the Gallipoli
peninsula – I guess 30 or so klms
from Anzac Cove. Helles would
be more
logical place to attack
and being a long
beach with flattish terrain (
compared to Anzac Cove ) and so more
logically prone to successful attack and
maintaining fewer casualties as well as maintaining good supply lines.





So
on 25th April 1915 an army of
British, Canadian, Indian and
French troops landed at Helles.











The Helles memorial is an impressive monument to all the
Commonwealth Forces.











A
little way from Helles is the
French Cemetery.





It may
well be the biggest single cemetery on
Gallipoli – as it appears all the
French casualties are
accounted for in the
one cemetery. Of course their
cemetery has signature French style and
flair. Their cemetery is simple and of course
reverent of those buried or
accounted for there,
but with some class in presentation.
Its not that the Australian
cemeteries lack that.
But the simple metal crucifixes,
bevelled edges on
their rather significant
stone work and general layout do their
dead proud with a little French style.

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