Azmac Cemetery Suvla Bay

Azmac Cemetery Suvla Bay - Photograph by permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Azmak Cemetery is on the South side of Azmak Dere, a watered ravine which runs South-Westward into the North side of a Salt Lake.

Hill 10 Cemetery, Azmak recalls the northern part of the Suvla operations and the attempts to take and hold the Kiretch Tepi (Kirictepe) Ridge and the high ground to the east.

The cemetery was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from isolated sites in the area and from smaller cemeteries.

There are now 1,074 First World War servicemen buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 684 of the burials are unidentified, but special memorials commemorate by name a number of casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

Also among the unidentified graves are those of 114 officers and men of the 1st/5th Bn. Norfolk Regiment (which contained the Sandringham Company) who died on 12 August 1915.

Hedley Malloch, who lived and worked in the Cleveland area in the 1990s, is a regular visitor to Azmac and tells the Heritage Group that the plinth-style headstones in this cemetery are designed to stand on a very sandy soil, where the more usual style of headstone would quickly collapse.

Hedley has kindly sent us some more photographs of his own, including one of Private Alderson's headstone.

Click on Azmac Cemetery Views to see these and to read Hedley's comments

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