Johnston’s Jolly Cemetery

Johnston’s Jolly Cemetery
Johnston’s Jolly Cemetery (Identified: 1, Unknown: 144, Special Memorials: 36) stands on the northern part of Plateau 400 and marks the position reached by the Australians on 25 April but lost the next day and never retaken. This unusual name is attributed to the  repeated saying of Colonel J L Johnston of the 11th West Australian Battalion that if he could bring Howitzers to bear on that point he would have ‘a jolly good time’. The cemetery was made after the Armistice from battlefield graves. Almost all the casualties buried in this cemetery were killed in the capture of Lone Pine in August 1915.
 
Johnston’s Jolly Cemetery was created after the war when remains were brought here from isolated graves in the surrounding battlefield. Of the 181 burials in this cemetery, 144 are unidentified. There are Special Memorials to thirty-six Australians known to have been buried here. Nearly all were serving in the 4th and 7th Battalions, and died during the action at Lone Pine between 6 and 10 August 1915. The only identified burial in the cemetery is that of Lance Corporal Herbert Norman May, 15th Battalion, of Casino, New South Wales, who was killed in action on 9 May 1915.