Kemal Atatürk (1881–1938) was a Turkish divisional commander at Gallipoli, admired for his strategic leadership and bravery which inspired his troops during the Battle of the Landing and during the August Offensive. After the war, Atatürk went on to become Turkey’s first president, a revered statesman who promoted fundamental political and social reform in Turkey, including the secularisation of the state, the emancipation of women and internationally pursuing a policy of neutrality in the region. In 1934, Atatürk sent words of solace to an official Australian, New Zealand and British party visiting Anzac Cove as a tribute to those ANZACs who died in Gallipoli. These words are inscribed on the Atatürk Memorial at Gallipoli, the Kemal Atatürk Memorial in Canberra and now on the Australian Turkish Friendship Memorial Sculpture adjacent to the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne.
Image by Cemal Işıksel (1905-1989), Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.