This article is about the Lone Pine 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:
Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli
The Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC contains the graves of 1167 Commonwealth servicemen who died during the Gallipoli Campaign. A total of 504 of these graves are unidentified and there are 183 special memorials to men believed to be buried in the cemetery. The cemetery was named after a lone pine which remained on the site, though this was destroyed in the Battle of Lone Pine (6-10 August 1915). Within the cemetery stands the Lone Pine Memorial which can be seen in the background of the photograph above. This memorial commemorates 4900 Australian and New Zealand soldiers who died in the ANZAC area and have no known grave or were buried at sea. I have written a separate article about the memorial here: Lone Pine Memorial.
The Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC was created after the war around a small cemetery of 46 men by concentrating graves and cemeteries in the surrounding area, including Brown’s Dip North and South cemeteries. The vast majority of men buried in the cemetery were Australians or New Zealanders, though there are a handful of British soldiers most from the Royal Marine Light Infantry. The identified soldiers buried in the Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC lost their lives from the day of the landing, 25 April 1915, to 18 December 1915.
The Lone Pine Cemetery is just off the main road which runs across the Sari Bair range and there is parking on the site. The cemetery can also be reached from ANZAC cover by walking up a steep path which passes the Shell Green Cemetery. The cemetery is clearly signposted and the Lone Pine Memorial can be used as a reference point. This is one of the few Commonwealth cemeteries on Gallipoli where you are likely to encounter another visitor. Buried in the Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC is Private Charles Vere Hamilton. Hamilton was a painter from Melbourne when he enlisted on 2 March 1915 and was killed in action on 29 November 1915. Hamilton was initially buried in Brown’s Dip South Cemetery before being exhumed and reinterred at Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC after the war. You can read more about him by viewing his service file here: Charles Vere Hamilton.Near the entrance to the cemetery you will see a pine tree with a plaque which reads:
This pine tree was planted on 25 April 1990 by the National President of the Returned Services League of Australia Brigadier A B Garland AM (RL) in the presence of Australian veterans of the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915.
The seed from this tree came from a pine tree in Australia germinated from a cone sent back to Australia in 1915 by a soldier on Gallipoli. Today, this tree commemorates the 8,700 Australians who lost their lives at Gallipoli and especially those who fought and died at the Battle of Lone Pine 6 – 9 August 1915.
Below is the view from the Lone Pine Memorial looking across the cemetery.