The Nek Cemeteryv
From Quinn’s Post Cemetery the road heads north towards the Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial. Shortly after that an unmade track to the left leads to The Nek Cemetery and, at the very end of the ridge, Walker’s Ridge Cemetery overlooking North Beach and all the country to the north of Anzac towards Suvla Bay. The narrow ridge, running from the Nek Cemetery to Baby 700, was reached by Australian soldiers of the 12th Battalion early on the morning of the landing but it was not held as the Turks drove the Anzacs back to a line to the west of where The Nek Cemetery is today. Early on the morning of 7 August 1915, the men of the 3rd Australian Light Horse Brigade, the 8th and 10th Light Horse Regiments, in four successive waves, made a valiant but futile attempt to seize the Turkish trenches below Baby 700. This charge resulted in the virtual annihilation of these units and this story featured in Peter Weir’s famous film Gallipoli released in 1982.
Five Australians are commemorated in this cemetery by Special Memorials. Of these, four died on 7 August 1915 during the charge of the 8th Light Horse (Victoria) and 10th Light Horse (Western Australia). The only identified Australian grave here is that of Private Alexander Campbell, 12th Battalion, who died the day of the landing, 25 April 1915, as his unit fought their way along Russell’s Top towards Baby 700. Four New Zealanders of the Otago Regiment, who died in early May 1915 during the Battle of the Landing, are also buried at The Nek.
In early 1919, when official historian Charles Bean visited Gallipoli the remains of more than three hundred men who had died in the 7 August charge were found on a piece of land the size of three tennis courts. These 316 unidentified soldiers, the majority of whom were Australian Light Horsemen, lie under the grass at The Nek.