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Walker's Ridge Cemetery

Walker's Ridge Cemetery https://ngatapuwae.govt.nz/walkers-ridge-cemetery This ground was vital to the Anzacs; they knew that without it they could be driven back into the sea. Ngā Tapuwae Trails https://ngatapuwae.govt.nz/sites/default/files/stop/media/02%20holding%20the%20line%402x.jpg

This ground was vital to the Anzacs; they knew that without it they could be driven back into the sea.

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Walker's Ridge Cemetery

You are standing at the Walker’s Ridge cemetery, which is where Walker’s Ridge links up with Russell’s Top. Beyond Russell’s Top it moves up to the high ground of Baby 700, which was as far as the Anzacs got on the day they landed. 

During the 1915 Gallipoli campaign, this ground became very important because if the Anzacs lost it they would have been driven back into the sea. So it was consolidated first by the Wellington Infantry Battalion under Lieutenant-Colonel William Malone on the 26th of April 1915. You can find New Zealanders in this graveyard from that fighting. 

On the 26th this area was the New Zealand front line. The front line was then pushed forward to the Nek by Colonel Russell, after his arrival on the 12th of May. The push forward was only partially completed by the 19th of May when the Ottoman Army mounted a major counterattack. New Zealanders who died in that counterattack are buried in this cemetery.

And two New Zealanders – Captain Alfred Bluck and Sergeant-Major Joseph Marr, Bluck’s company Sergeant-Major – are buried here. Bluck is interesting because Lieutenant Spencer Westmacott of the Auckland Infantry Battalion, a New Zealand hero on the 25th of April, was with Bluck on a territorial course in New Zealand when war broke out. Bluck immediately rang his wife to tell her he was enlisting. Westmacott just happened to be passing, and he heard Bluck talking on the phone to his wife. Then there was a pause and he heard Bluck say, ‘are you crying?’ And, of course, all her fears were realised in May 1915.

How to get here

Getting there

From the Russell's Top stop turn back and walk into Walker's Ridge Cemetery on your left.

Where to stand

Walk up the centre of the cemetery to the third row of headstones on your left. Walk along that row until you find the grave of A. C. Bluck.

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40°14'30"N
26°17'17"E
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40.24168
26.28827
  • Portrait of Captain A. C. Bluck.
    Portrait of Captain A. C. Bluck.Credits

    Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19150603-38-1 

  • The joint grave of Captain A.C. Bluck and someone identified as last name Alan.
    The joint grave of Captain A.C. Bluck and someone identified as last name Alan.Credits

    National Army Museum, NZ  1992.742 http://nam.recollect.co.nz/nodes/view/4256

  • Front line trench at Walker's Ridge during the armistice in May 1915.
    Front line trench at Walker's Ridge during the armistice in May 1915.Credits

    Front line trench at Walkers Ridge, Gallipoli, during seven hours armistice. Martin, W W :World War One albums of Mr Laurie C Mackie. Ref: PA1-o-308-21-1. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22879033

  • Soldiers of the Wellington Mounted Rifles in a trench on Walker's Ridge.
    Soldiers of the Wellington Mounted Rifles in a trench on Walker's Ridge.Credits

    Soldiers of the Wellington Mounted Rifles on Walkers Ridge, Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey, during World War I. Williams, Charles Athol, b 1899 : Photographs of Te Aute Station, Mangakuri Station, the Williams family, and Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey during World War I. Ref: PAColl-0184-1-008. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23186201

  • Soldiers in the trenches on Walker's Ridge.
    Soldiers in the trenches on Walker's Ridge.Credits

    Auckland War Memorial Museum PH-ALB-212 http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/librarycatalogue/28393.detail

Stories & Insights

Fenwick kept diaries throughout the Gallipoli campaign, describing appalling sights in graphic detail.

Officers of Wellington Company share meal

The Anzacs were crammed together in trenches, many of them sick, living on food that was often barely edible - yet they coped.

Lieutenant A J Shout sniping with a periscope rifle, 1915.

From jam-tin bombs to periscope rifles, the Anzacs' inventiveness knew no bounds.

Malthus described the desperate and dangerous conditions at the notorious Quinn’s Post.

Clear-headed and disciplined, Malone was determined to improve living conditions for the men in the trenches. 

Major Kemal Ohri is led by the hand along the beach by two officers from Anzac headquarters as an envoy to negotiate an armistice to bury the dead.

After a horrific battle, rotting bodies lay everywhere in the no-man's land betwen trenches. Both sides agreed on a ceasefire to clean up.

An Australian soldier firing a Vickers .303 machine gun on Turkish positions. Lit by sunlight through the observation hole at right, the post one of many in the extensive array of tunnels connecting the Australian front line positions.

Both sides dug underground tunnels towards each other. It let them listen in to their enemy and lay hidden explosives.

Take the next trail

The next Ngā Tapuwae trail is Chunuk Bair. Proceed to No 2 Outpost.
Link to the first stop

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