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Apr182015

ANZAC Remembered

BARCLAY, Lieutenant, CLIFFORD CLAPCOTT, 6/404. Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F. Killed in action 25th April 1915. Age 22. Son of Dr. Herbert Clifford Barclay and Ruth Annie Barclay, of 83, Highgate, Roslyn, Dunedin. Native of Waimate, South Canterbury. (Panel 73)

Such is the simple inscription on the Lone Pine Memorial of my uncle Clifford (first cousin of my father Osborne - later to serve on the Somme) alongside 752 other Kiwis.

This memorial is often described as an Australian memorial, but this is not the case as evidenced by the above. There was simply no room for many Kiwis to be buried at Anzac Cove, and remains were removed - often unidentified, to be interred later, often much later at Lone Pine.

There is no way of understanding the mayhem at Anzac Cove on the 25th. Once the Turks obtained artillery range they bombarded the Beach in the afternoon with devastating effect. Withdrawal was even contemplated, albeit briefly. Witnesses to the death of Clifford later described the scene vividly to his father Herbert who was at the time a medico in the British Army, and who made it his business to obtain the full story - not pretty, but we should at least be grateful that sufficient remained of Clifford to be buried at Lone Pine.

Having decided not to take up the opportunity to attend the Anzac Day ceremony at Gallipoli, I will look with some envy as scenes of the services are transmitted back here, but I still believe it was a rational choice as reports emerge of the discomfort that attendees will be required to endure. Nevertheless, my best wishes go out to all of them, and I for one will keep my fingers crossed for clement weather at least.

 


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