Lone Pine Memorial


Lone Pine was a strategically important plateau in the southern part of Anzac, 120 metres above sea level, which was briefly in the hands of Australian forces following the landings on 25 April 1915. It became a Turkish strong point from May to July, when it was known by them as 'Kanlı Sırt' (Bloody Ridge).

The Australians pushed mines towards the plateau from the end of May to the beginning of August and on the afternoon of 6 August, after mine explosions and bombardment from land and sea, the position was stormed by the 1st Australian Brigade.

By 10 August, the Turkish counter-attacks had failed and the position was consolidated. It was held by the 1st Australian Division until 12 September, and then by the 2nd, until the evacuation of the peninsula in December. The Lone Pine Memorial stands on the site of the fiercest fighting at Lone Pine and overlooks the whole front line of May 1915. It commemorates more than 4,900 Australian and New Zealand servicemen who died in the Anzac area whose graves are not known. Others named on the memorial died at sea and were buried in Gallipoli waters. The memorial stands in Lone Pine Cemetery.

Amongst those commemorated on the Memorial is George Booth Ormerod, who served with the 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment, and died in the attack on The Nek on 7 August 1915.


(George Booth Ormerod, of the 8th Australian Light Horse Regiment, died on 7 August 1915)