LALA BABA CEMETERY
LALA BABA CEMETERY
- Turkey (including Gallipoli)
- Identified Casualties:
The Anzac and Suvla cemeteries are first signposted from the left hand junction of the Eceabat - Bigali road. From this junction you should travel into the main Anzac area. At 13kms. you will encounter a rough track on the left which is 4.2km. long and difficult to negatiate when wet. The cemetery will be found at the end of this track. Visitors are kindly requested to close the gate leading to the cemetery.
Lala Baba is a hill 48 metres high, between the southern side of Suvla Bay and the Salt Lake, which was stormed by the 9th West Yorks and the 6th Yorkshire Regiment on the early morning of 7 August and 1km south-west of it is the lower hill known as Little Lala Baba.
The cemetery is on Little Lala Baba, facing west towards the sea. It was formed after the Armistice by the concentration of 9 small cemeteries and a few isolated graves. It covers an area of 1,136 square metres and contains the graves of 200 soldiers from the United Kingdom. The unammed graves are 53 in number and special memorials are erected to 16 soldiers known or believed to be buried among them.
Visitors are kindly requested to close the gate leading to the cemetery.
The eight month campaign in Gallipoli was fought by Commonwealth and French forces in an attempt to force Turkey out of the war, to relieve the deadlock of the Western Front in France and Belgium, and to open a supply route to Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea.
The Allies landed on the peninsula on 25-26 April 1915; the 29th Division at Cape Helles in the south and the Australian and New Zealand Corps north of Gaba Tepe on the west coast, an area soon known as Anzac. On 6 August, further troops were put ashore at Suvla, just north of Anzac, and the climax of the campaign came in early August when simultaneous assaults were launched on all three fronts.
The aim of the Suvla force had been to quickly secure the sparsely held high ground surrounding the bay and salt lake, but confused landings and indecision caused fatal delays allowing the Turks to reinforce, and only a few of the objectives were taken with difficulty.
Lala Baba, a low hill between the southern side of Suvla Bay and the salt lake, was stormed by the 9th West Yorks and the 6th Yorkshire Regiment on the early morning of 7 August 1915. The cemetery was formed after the Armistice by the concentration of nine smaller cemeteries and a few isolated graves from the surrounding area.
There are now 216 servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 53 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate 16 casualties known or believed to be buried among them.