BEACH CEMETERY (ANZAC)
Pictures courtesy of Brian Budge
Mass grave within the cemetery
Valentine Fennell Bowler
1st Australian Light Horse Regiment, A.I.F.
Plot II G. 20
Remembered by Christopher Albertson and Mr David Bowler. Val was David's great uncle.
The Anzac and Suvla
cemeteries are first signposted from the left hand junction of the Eceabat-
Bigali road. From this junction travel into the main Anzac area.
Further Information: The cemetery includes the grave of 'The Man with the Donkey', Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick (served as Private John Simpson). His bravery carrying wounded men down to the beach on his donkey became legend, although he was not awarded the VC. A petition sent to the War Office from the Australian people in 1967 requesting a posthumous VC was refused on the grounds that it would create a precedent, but there is a bronze statue of him in the Shrine of Remembrance at Melbourne and he was shown on the 5d stamp issued to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Landings in 1965.
The grave of "The man with the donkey"