Green Hill Cemetery

This article is about Green Hill Cemetery and is one of a number of articles I have written about Gallipoli. I have also written guides to help you research soldiers who served in the British Army during the First World War:

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Green Hill Cemetery is one of the largest on Gallipoli containing the graves of 2,971 Commonwealth soldiers of which 2472 are unidentified. Some of the soldiers buried in the 2472 unidentified graves are commemorated by special memorials as they are believed to be buried in the cemetery. The Green Hill Cemetery was created after the First World War by concentrating cemeteries and isolated graves in the surrounding area. The men buried in this cemetery lost their lives during the operations at Suvla and include a large number of men from who lost their lives in the attack on Scimitar Hill on 21 August 1915.Brigadier General Thomas Green Hill Cemetery GallipoliThe headstone above is a special memorial to Brigadier-Thomas Earl of Longford who commanded the 2nd (South Midland) Mounted Brigade and was killed in action at the Battle of Scimitar Hill on 21 August 1915. Brigadier-General led his Brigade into the attack and was initially reported missing before his body was later recovered.Lieutenant Niven Green Hill Cemetery GallipoliThe Green Hill Cemetery also contains a special memorial to Lieutenant  William Niven, Berkshire Yeomanry, who like Longford was killed in the attack on Scimitar Hill. Niven managed to reach the Turkish trenches before he was shot in the head and killed. He was the father of the British actor David Niven.Lieutenant Nowell Oxland Green Hill CemeteryAlso buried in the Green Hill Cemetery is the poet Lieutenant Nowell Oxland, who was killed in action on 9 August 1915. Oxland was friends with the poet William Noel Hodgson who would die on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916. Oxland is best known for his poem Outward Bound:

There’s a waterfall I’m leaving
Running down the rocks in foam,
There’s a pool for which I’m grieving
Near the water-ouzel’s home,
And it’s there that I’d be lying
With the heather close at hand,
And the Curlew’s faintly crying
Mid the wastes of Cumberland.

You can read the complete poem here: Outward Bound.Green Hill Cemetery Gallipoli