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The 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Gallipoli
The 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery, Gallipoli is named after the 7th Australian Field Ambulance which served at Gallipoli from September 1915. The cemetery lies on the road to Suvla past ANZAC Cove with Walden’s Point behind it. Like many other cemeteries at Gallipoli, the 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery was used to concentrate graves from the surrounding area after the end of the war. The cemetery contains the graves of 640 Commonwealth servicemen of whom 364 are identified and 276 are unidentified. Of the 276 unidentified graves, there are 207 special memorials commemorating men who are known or are believed to be buried in the 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery.
Below is one of the 207 special memorials in the cemetery, commemorating Lieutenant-Colonel Sir William Lennox Napier, 3rd Baronet of Merrion Square. Sir William was the commanding officer of the 4th Battalion, South Wales Borderers when he was killed in action on 13 August 1915. Sir William’s grandfather, Sir Joseph Napier 1st Baronet, had been Lord Chancellor of Ireland.
Another commanding officer buried in the cemetery, who is also commemorated by a special memorial, is Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Richard Cole-Hamilton 6th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment who was killed in action during the attack on Chunuk Bair on 10 August 1915. The epitaph refers to the following biblical verse (King Jame’s Version): Looking for the blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.Below is another special memorial, in this case to Private George Tomlinson, 17th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force who was killed in action aged 21 on 25 August 1915. George had enlisted on 25 February 1915 and was initially buried in the No.4 Post Cemetery below Little Pope’s Head. His service record can be read by clicking on this link: George Tomlinson.