AriBurnu


AriBurnu

Ari Burnu with its CWGC cemetery in 2010, looking down from Plugges Plateau (Photo: Stephen Chambers).

As the first troops ashore, two companies of the 11th AIF from HMS London found themselves eventually rowing ashore here seeing tows zig-zagging ahead of them. Most of the initial troops landed between here and Hell Spit (around the point). Those who did come ashore on this side (North Beach) were badly torn up by Turkish fire from the hills around. One of the boats residing at the AWM in Canberra today is believed to have been one that laid on the seashore in the open, full of dead and wounded throughout the 25th. Some troops did manage to get up into the hills and seized the high-ground; Russell's Top.

Ari Burnu cemetery is also situated here. This is the cemetery at which the Dawn service is held each Anzac Day although a new area has been opened on this side of Ari Burnu to cope with increased attendances.