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C01948

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ID number C01948
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original half plate negative
Photographer Unknown
Place made Ottoman Empire: Turkey, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Anzac Area (Gallipoli), Anzac Beaches Area, Hell Spit
Date made June 1915

Description

A cemetery near Hell Spit, the southern horn of Anzac Cove. Two inscriptions on the grave markers are legible. On the far left is the grave of Captain Edward Frederick Robert Bage, 3rd Field Company Engineers, killed in action on 7 May 1915. Trained as a civil engineer and a surveyor, Edward Bage took part in Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911-1914) as astronomer, assistant magnetician and recorder of tides. When Mawson and his companions failed to return to winter quarters at the expected time, Bage volunteered for a relief party of six that remained in the Antarctic for a second winter. He led a party on a dangerous 1000 km journey hauling sleds over the ice and was awarded the King's Polar Medal in 1915. He enlisted in August 1914 as second in command of the 3rd Field Company of Engineers. He was killed while marking out a trench line near Lone Pine when he and his companions came under fire from five Turkish machine guns. To the right of centre is the grave of Lieutenant William Henry Dawkins, killed in action on 20 May 1915, No 2 Field Company, 1st Division Engineers, who graduated among the first intake of cadets of the Royal Military College, Duntroon.