This article looks at the Sphinx, one of the most recognizable landmarks of the Gallipoli Campaign. I have also created guides to help you research soldiers who served in the British and Indian Armies:
- Guides to the Gallipoli Campaign
- Guides for Researching British Soldiers
- Guides for Researching Indian Soldiers
The Sphinx Gallipoli
The Sphinx is one of the most prominent landmarks of the Gallipoli Campaign located directly in front of North Beach in what was the ANZAC Sector. The landmark is named after its resemblance to the Great Sphinx of Giza which would have been seen first-hand by many of the soldiers when they had been stationed in Egypt. Thousands of soldiers had their photographs taken next to the Sphinx, usually on a camel, during the war with the large Mena Camp located in the shadow of the pyramids. The photograph above was taken standing from North Beach in front of the grassy area which can be seen in the last photograph on the page.The view of the Sphinx above is from Canterbury Cemetery, one of the smallest in the area. The cemetery contains the graves of twenty-seven Commonwealth servicemen, including five who are unknown. Most of the burials are for soldiers who died serving with the Canterbury Mounted Rifles, a regiment from New Zealand which fought dismounted at Gallipoli. If you cross over the road from the cemetery and walk onto North Beach you will see a shipwreck which is just visible at high tide. Below is the view from North Beach taken from just in front of Ari Burnu Point. Ari Burnu Cemetery is behind me, as is ANZAC Cove where the landing took place on 25 April 1915.