Quinn’s Post Cemetery

Quinn’s Post Cemetery
Quinn's Post was established on the afternoon of 25 April by a New Zealand machine-gun crew and was the subject of incessant attacks and continual hand-to-hand fighting with the Turkish post opposite, who knew it as 'Bomba Sirt' (Bomb Ridge).  The post was named after Major Hugh Quinn of the 15th Battalion, Australian Infantry, who was killed there during a fierce attack on 29 May.  Major Quinn is buried in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery.  Quinn’s Post Cemetery (Identified: 115, Unknown: 394, Special Memorials: 64) was made after the Armistice. On 29 April, Captain Hugh Quinn of the 15th Battalion AIF, after whom the post was named, took over command of the position that quickly earned a reputation for being the most dangerous place on Anzac. At 2.30am on that day Chaplain Frederick Wray made the first of almost daily trips to bury the dead at Quinn’s. His diary during the early days of the campaign revealed the frequency of his visits.
  • April 28 – At 12.30 reached 14th lines on Quinn’s Corner… at 2.30am buried 29, including two NZ officers.
  • April 30 – Went up to Quinn’s Corner and buried 5 men.
  • May 1 – Buried 1 man at Gully cemetery and 9 at Quinn’s Corner.
  • May 2 – Buried 7 at Gully cemetery and 3 at Quinn’s Corner
  • May 3 – An awful day… The 16th were enfiladed by machine guns and did not hold their trenches… the 16th lost 400 out of 600, the 13th 200… Saw a sniper get 7 out of 8 at Quinn’s Corner and he got Lt Binnie… I buried 8, including Lts Binnie and Freeman at Quinn’s Corner.

The post came under repeated attacks throughout the month and on 29 May 1915 Major Quinn was killed there when the Turks temporarily broke into the position. He was later buried in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery.

There are 16 identified burials in Quinn’s Post Cemetery of Australian Light Horsemen who died in the diversionary attack launched from Quinn’s on 7 August 1915. In June 1915 Chaplain Walter Dexter remarked:
Many of our graves are nameless and hundreds of those posted as missing are dead and buried by the Turks.

Of the 473 burials in Quinn’s Post Cemetery 294 are unidentified. Headstones and Special Memorials record the names of 166 Australians who are buried or ‘believed to be buried’ here.