Shrapnel Valley - Gallipoli by Peter Evans

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Shrapnel Valley (also known as Shrapnel Gully) was often a safer way to the front lines during the Gallipoli Campaign although nearly always under heavy Turkish Army bombardment; hence the name.

The Cemetery was laid out near the exit to the beach from the valley, south of Anzac Cove in early May 1915. After Lone Pine it is the largest battlefield cemetery in the old Anzac sector. Despite being some 1,000 yards (914 metres) from the Turkish lines the cemetery was constantly exposed to enemy sniper fire. On 9 May 1915, Chaplain Ernest Merrington wrote of his visit there:

“The bullets often fell thickly around our little parties of workers on this site which has become forever sacred to Australians and New Zealanders … I was down there by myself at dawn, and found the fallen men laid side by side ready for internment. For hours I worked, laying the bodies in the graves, with no assistance except for a few men of a fatigue party making a track near by. I placed the identity discs and personal effects at the head of each grave. I counted 42 Australians and 10 Turks. The sun arose over the eastern hill revealing the awesome scene around me, of death, nobility, valour and sacrifice.”

[AWM 1DRL/496 Chaplain Ernest Northcote Merrington, 1st Light Horse Regiment.]

Reverend Walter Dexter organised working parties to build a low rock wall around part of the cemetery to protect it from flooding winter rains and obtained paint and other materials to ensure the neat appearance of the graves.

Today Shrapnel Valley with its distinctive Judas tree is considered to be amongst the most beautiful on the peninsula. Largely completed during the Gallipoli campaign, a small number of graves were incorporated into the cemetery after the war. Of the 683 burials in the cemetery, 527 are Australians, 56 New Zealanders, 28 British and 72 unknowns. Special Memorials commemorate 23 men believed to be buried here.

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  • simba
    simbaover 5 years ago

    Fabulous scene.

  • Thanks Linda and for the fav :-)

    – Peter Evans

  • Barssel
    Barsselover 5 years ago

    Great image……………love the treatment, framing and that location has an almost mythical feel for any Australian.

  • Thanks mate.
    Yes you are very right, walking in about 0100hr on the morning of ANZAC Day was an emotional experience that I will NEVER forget.

    – Peter Evans

  • Di Jenkins
    Di Jenkinsover 5 years ago

    amazing shot Peter – must have been so moving to be there.

  • Thank you. It is a VERY moving experience Di that is very hard to explain.

    The Turks are great people as well, you should go :-)

    – Peter Evans

  • PS: I hope things are getting back to normal in your area.

    – Peter Evans

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellover 5 years ago


  • Much appreciated Svet, love your gallery :-)

    – Peter Evans

  • Graham Jones
    Graham Jonesover 5 years ago

    Yeah well thanks for the invite Peter :-) Great image and very nicely enhanced. I think this would have to be on the agenda for the next trip to Europe.

  • You really have to do it mate. You won’t regret it.
    I’m going to France/UK in a couple of months any hints?

    – Peter Evans

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinover 5 years ago

    Outstanding capture!

  • Thanks mate, much appreciated.

    – Peter Evans

  • Jane Keats
    Jane Keatsover 5 years ago

    Wow great shot!!

  • Thanks a lot Jane.
    Good win against the Hawks the other day :-(

    – Peter Evans

  • Jane Keats
    Jane Keatsover 5 years ago

    Yes it was eh ;o)

  • satwant
    satwantover 5 years ago

    Simply Great and congrats for this beautiful picture. Very well exposed Peter.

  • Thanks alot mate :-)

    – Peter Evans

  • bamagirl38
    bamagirl38over 5 years ago

    Beautiful !!!!!

  • Thanks Boni appreciated :-)

    – Peter Evans

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