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Apart from the Graves Repatriation Unit which visited Gallipoli at the beginning of this year, some work of a similar nature was undertaken by the Canterbury Mounted Rifles Regiment, which has submitted a detailed report of its discoveries. This was forwarded to New Zealand, and the Defence Department will send to the next of kin of any.soldiers whose graves have been identified all particulars regarding location which the report contains. A certain number of the graves, had to be reported as " unknown," but where there was definite information the exact location was noted with compass bearing's and references to landmarks. One working party attended to the fencing of graves wherever this could be done, and a slip of paper was placed in a shell case or other receptacle, with all details of identification on each grave found. A copy of the report was banded to the Graves Registration Unit, to assist them in their more comprehensive operations.

Identification of graves, states the report, is difficult,., owing to the lapse of time and, in some isolated cases, desecration by marauders, though there is nothing to indicate this has been made at the instigation of the Turkish authorities. The work of re-fortifica-tion of the Peninsula by the Turkish forces after the evacuation necessitated the building of roads, trenches, .gun positions, and extensive wiring of all Dositions. ■ This undoubtedly obliterated the traces of many burial plnces, but as far as can be ascertained it was purely a work of military necessity.

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GRAVES ON GALLIPOLI., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9586, 14 April 1919

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GRAVES ON GALLIPOLI. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9586, 14 April 1919

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