Today the students will explore the Gallipoli Peninsula, visiting Lone Pine Cemetery, 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Anzac Cove and Ari Burnu Cemetery. They will arrive in Istanbul in the evening.
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Canakkale and the Gallipoli Peninsula
Elly McSwan and Maddison Veivers
The day started by catching the ferry from Canakkale to the Gallipoli Peninsula. On the ferry Maddy and I bought some apple tea as we had seen many Turkish locals drinking it. However, we couldn't drink it without a table as it was very hot, so we joined a table with some Turkish men. We tried talking to one of them but he couldn't speak any English. Despite the strong language barrier we managed to learn that his name was Trebzen and that he lives in Canakkale but commutes to work every day on the ferry. We worked this out through a series of drawings. He was very kind and helped us with our Turkish pronunciation so we gave him a commemorative pin.
We then got straight back on the bus and made our way to the 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery. While we were driving our tour guide Rodger kept us informed about the surrounding battlefields and what makes up an army. Once we had arrived we learnt from Rodger the process of caring for a wounded soldier. The main objective was to get the soldier back on the front line, not necessarily to cure him.
Next we went to Shrapnel Valley Cemetery where we held a commemorative service. Jonathan and Majella spoke, Alice and Bayley laid the wreath. Then Amy and Bailey laid the Queensland and Australian flags. Finally, we heard Aiofe play the bugle (which was incredible) and the choir sang the national anthem.
Next we went to Plugge's Plateau where we heard eulogies from some of the students. After lunch we went to many different cemeteries and memorials such as Quinn's Post, Walkers Ridge, The Nek and Chunuk Bair, where we held a service for the New Zealanders.
On the way back, on the ferry, as we were sitting down writing this entry, I got a tap on my shoulder and it was Trebzen, holding out the piece of paper with our drawings on it!
Today the students will remember:
Private Duncan McCallum 84K
Private James Albert Sooning 290K
Private Thomas Frederick Murray 206K
Lieutenant John Matthew Hanly 360K
Lieutenant Arthur Mountain 793K
Private Thomas West 197K
Lance Corporal Sylvester Day 219K
Private William Charles Belson 133K
Trooper Albert Victor Picklum 468K
Brigadier General Lachlan Wilson 164K
Acting Matron Eunice Muriel Paten 264K
Lieutenant James Price 1.0M
Ari Burnu Cemetery
Trooper James Henry Kimber 483K
Trooper George William Rose 313K
Private William Shortley Poole 247K
Lieutenant Kenneth Ambrose Hudson 296K
Sapper Darren James Smith 1.7M
Corporal Norman James Womal 140K
Squadron Leader John Francis Jackson 911K
Herbert Ivor Gainey 461K
Sergeant Cecil Charles Anderson 275K
Sister Esther Sarah Jean Stewart 273K
Squadron Leader Paul McCarthy 135K
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