Azmak Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery

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Azmak
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Azmak Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula.JPG
Used for those deceased August-December 1915
Established 1920
Location 40°19′20″N 26°16′33″E / 40.3222°N 26.2757°E / 40.3222; 26.2757Coordinates: 40°19′20″N 26°16′33″E / 40.3222°N 26.2757°E / 40.3222; 26.2757
near Gallipoli, Turkey
Total burials 1,074
Unknown burials 684
Burials by nation
Burials by war
Statistics source: Battlefields 1914-1918

Azmak Cemetery near Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, Turkey was constructed shortly after the end of the First World War by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and filled with graves brought in from small cemeteries and sites around it. It is on the south side of Azmak Dere, from which it takes its name, a small ravine which runs into the salt lake at Suvla Bay. Special memorials record the names of 53 British and 3 Newfoundland soldiers buried in the cemetery but whose graves are not positively identitied.

Notable graves[edit]

Amongst the graves are 115 men of the 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion of the Norfolk Regiment, of which the names of only two are known. The battalion, which included a company recruited from workers from the Sandringham House Royal estate, suffered heavy losses on 12 August 1915 and a myth grew up that the unit had advanced into a mist and simply disappeared.[1] However the remains of many of them were found after the Armistice and interred in the cemetery. In 1999 a TV film, All the King's Men was made about the incident.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Historic UK". The vanished battalion of the King's Own Sandringhams. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 

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