Courtney's and Steel's Post Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery

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Courtney's and Steel's Post
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Used for those deceased April—December 1915
Established 1919
Location near Gallipoli, Turkey
Total burials 225
Unknown burials 160
Burials by nation
Burials by war
Statistics source: Battlefields 1914-1918

Courtney's and Steel's Post Cemetery is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery located near ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. It contains the graves of some of the former British Empire troops who died during the Gallipoli Campaign.

The campaign lasted eight months and was fought by British Empire and French forces against the Ottoman Empire in an attempt to force Turkey out of the war and to open a supply route to Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea.

British, French and other Allied troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25 April 1915 at Cape Helles in the south whilst Australian and New Zealand troops (the ANZAC corps) landed on the west coast. Courtney's Post was named after Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Courtney of the 14th Australian Infantry Battalion who took command of it on 27 April. Steel's Post, named after Major Thomas Steel was just to the South West of it. Both positions were captured on the day of the landings and held until the Allies withdrew in December. The cemetery contains special memorials to 58 casualties believed to be buried amongst 160 unidentified graves.

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Steel's Post was officially, but incorrectly, named Steele's Post.[1] The inscription on the cemetery follows this spelling and labels it Courtney's and Steele's Post [2] but the CWCG lists the cemetery as Courtney's and Steel's Post.[3]

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  1. ^ "Courtney's and Steel's Post Cemetery". Battlefields 1914-1918. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  2. ^ "Courtney's and Steel's Post Cemetery". WW1cemeteries.com. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Courtney's and Steel's Post Cemetery". CWGC. Retrieved 2008-08-05. 

Coordinates: 40°14′08″N 26°17′20″E / 40.23556°N 26.28889°E / 40.23556; 26.28889