Where Light Horsemen Lie… (continued)
When my husband and I lived in Turkey (he served at a NATO headquarters there) and we visited Gallipoli, my mother Elyne Mitchell asked me to take a photograph of her father General Sir Harry Chauvel sitting outside ‘his headquarters at Quinn’s Post’ and find the exact spot where his headquarters had been. Perhaps by mistake Elyne had sent me a photograph of her father sitting outside the Anzac Headquarters rather than the one she intended. On our first trips to Gallipoli in 1998 and with inadequate maps and knowledge, I found it impossible to pinpoint where Chauvel’s headquarters might have been – I had a lot to learn and like many others, the Gallipoli Peninsula began teaching me about my history and I’ve been learning ever since.
Knowing that Elyne would be disappointed when I told her that I couldn’t find the exact spot where the headquarters had been, I sent her photographs of Quinn’s Post cemetery and surrounding area, explaining that her father would have known the names of the 40 Light Horsemen whose remains are thought to lie in there. As a caring man, Chauvel was likely to have mourned the passing of each and every Light Horseman in his quiet, soldierly way.
If the number of graves is overwhelming for the uninitiated visitor, the small cemetery and memorial at the Nek is even more so.
The photograph Elyne sent me of her father sitting outside General Birdwood's headquarters at ANZAC on Gallipoli (Photographer unknown)