Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery

 

Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery is in the Helles area, about 1 km south-west of the village of Krithia (now known as Alıtepe).

Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery was created after the Armistice, when graves were brought in from isolated sites and small burial grounds on the battlefields of April-August and December 1915.

The most significant of these burial grounds were Geoghan's Bluff Cemetery, containing 925 graves associated with fighting at Gully Ravine in June - July 1915; Fir Tree Wood Cemetery, where the 29th Division and New Zealand Infantry Brigade fought in May 1915; and Clunes Vennel Cemetery, containing 522 graves.

Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery was named after a group of pines situated just south of the present Cemetery, and the area was named by the 86th and 87th Brigades who reached it on 28 April 1915. The original trees were destroyed by shellfire, and their stumps used to reinforce trenches, but twelve pine trees have been planted in the Cemetery to represent them.

There are now 3,360 First World War servicemen buried or commemorated in the Cemetery, including Harold Ormerod, who died on 27 October 1915, whilst serving with the 1/7th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers.

Harold is commemorated in the Geoghan's Bluff Plot of the Cemetery.

KNOWN TO BE / BURIED IN THIS CEMETERY / 1527 CORPORAL / H. ORMEROD / LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS / 27 OCTOBER 1915 / THEIR GLORY SHALL NOT BE BLOTTED OUT
The Geoghegan's Bluff Plot in Twelve Tree Copse Cemetery