The New Zealand National Memorial is located at the summit of Conbayiri (Chunuk Bair), Gallipoli and hosts the official New Zealand Anzac Day ceremony on April 25 every year. It was from this elevated position that a group of allied soldiers from the Wellington Infantry Battalion, New Zealand Expeditionary Force first saw the blue water of the Narrows of the Dardanelles in August, 1915. The view through the trees to the right of the memorial shows the location of the New Zealand trenches from August 1915 onwards. One solider was quoted as saying ‘some chaps had a glimpse of the sea and all the country in between and we knew perfectly well that this hill was the key to victory or defeat on the peninsula’ (Sergeant Daniel Curham 1998, p.286).
Image courtesy of DVA.