This article is about the New Zealand No.2 Outpost 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:
New Zealand No.2 Outpost Cemetery
The New Zealand No.2 Outpost Cemetery is a small cemetery which contains the graves of 183 Commonwealth servicemen who died during the Gallipoli Campaign. Of these 183 men, 150 are unidentified and there are 31 special memorials to soldiers who are known or believed to be buried in the cemetery. The cemetery is a mass grave with the soldiers buried by the Nelson Company of the New Zealand Canterbury Battalion in September 1915. The New Zealand No.2 Outpost Cemetery is found on the right-hand side of the road leading to Suvla Bay when coming from ANZAC Cove. Believed to be buried in the New Zealand No.2 Outpost Cemetery is Colonel Neville Manders who was the Deputy Director of Medical Services (ANZAC). Manders was a renowned entomologist and you can read more about him here: Colonel Neville Manders. The following obituary appeared in the Bexhill-on-Sea Observer on 14 August 1915:
The late Colonel Manders, who was the son of Manders, who was the son of Major Thomas Manders, 6th Dragoon Guards, was born at Marlborough in 1859. He was educated at Marlborough, and later qualified as F.R.C.P. and M.R.C.S., entering the Army Medical Service in 1884. He served in the Suakin campaign 1885 (medal with clasp), and in the Burmese Expedition of 1887-89, in which he was severely wounded and received a medal with two clasps.
At another period of his career, he held an important appointment in Ceylon, and about 15 years ago, he married Miss Vane at Colombo. In 1913, Colonel Manders was appointed Deputy Director of the Army Medical Service in Egypt, and in January last, he was, by special request, attached to the Australian and New Zeland forces as A.D.M.S.
How Colonel Manders died is not definitely known at the time of writing, but it is stated he was wounded in action. Colonel Manders was an ardent entomologist, and had one of the finest collections of tropical insects in the world. He had written largely, chiefly upon natural history and medical subjects. He was a member of the Royal Zoological Society, and the Royal Asiatic Society.
Also believed to be buried in the New Zealand No.2 Outpost Cemetery is Private Joseph Jones, Otago Regiment wounded by shrapnel on 7 August 1915, a tracheotomy was performed but Jones died of his wounds the same day. The epitaph for Jones is ”Their Glory Shall Not Be Blotted Out” is the standard epitaph found on special memorials to soldiers believed to be buried in cemeteries. The New Zealand government did not allow families to request epitaphs for the headstones as it objected to the engraving fee. Only a handful of First World War New Zealander headstones have private epitaphs which can be found on the Western Front, there are none at Gallipoli.