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April 29, 2010
Sailors in Gallipoli
on display at AWM
THE Australian War Memorial
(AWM) is releasing images of the
RAN Bridging Train at Suvla Bay
On the eve of the 95th anniversary
of the landing at Gallipoli, the AWM
will display these images which have
likely never been seen by the public
before, in an effort to broaden the pub-
lics understanding of the ANZAC story
on the Turkish peninsular.
While most of the Navy will be
familiar with the story of the AE2
submarine, the actions of the 1st RAN
Bridging Train in Gallipoli is not as
From August 1915, the Bridging
Train performed under relentless shell
fire constructing piers and helping to
land troops, stores and ammunition on
The Train also assisted with the
withdrawal of troops in December that
The images come from the col-
lection of the Bridging Teams
Commanding Officer RADM Leighton
Bracegirdle who served in the Boxer
Rebellion, Boer War and the first and
second World Wars.
Suvla, Gallipoli, August1915. Officers seated
in front of the dugout of LCDR Leighton
Bracegirdle (left to right) RAN staff surgeon
Morris, LCDR Bracegirdle, LEUT Bond, CAPT
Mcritchie and MAJ Jellicoe.
Image courtesy AWM (P01326.002) ABOVE: The RAN Bridging Traing tow a old hulk into place to form a
breakwater for the boat dock at West Beach.
BELOW: Dirt sprays up from the impact of a shell hitting 1RAN Naval
Bridging Train stores.AREA IS CROWDED WITH SOLDIERS
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