Skip to main content

Turkey – Ari Burnu Cemetery, Anzac

Sapper Harold Gaskin, who died on 2nd December 1915, is buried in Ari Burnu Cemetery, Anzac, Turkey (plot I 15).  Ari Burnu is in the Anzac area on the left-hand side of the coastal road; it lies between the beach and the cliff under Plugge's Plateau.

The eight-month campaign in Gallipoli was fought by Commonwealth and French forces in an attempt to force Turkey out of the war, to relieve the deadlock of the Western Front in France and Belgium, and to open a supply route to Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea.

The Allies landed on the peninsula on 25th-26th April 1915.  Further landings were made at Suvla, just north of Anzac (a cove named after the Australian and New Zealand troops who had landed there in April).

Ari Burnu Cemetery, named from the Cape at the north end of Anzac Cove, was created in 1915.  There are now 252 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated here, 42 of whom are unidentified.