Ivor Gurney

Gallipoli farm is situated on hill 35 and in the environment of Fortuinhoek. The name sounds familiar, just like the Somme Farm. Probably, one wanted to commemorate the soldiers of the battle for Gallipoli.
Gallipoli is a peninsula south of Turkey, between the Gulf of Saros and the Dardanelles. The area is known because of an unsuccesful invasion of the Allied Powers in 1915, during the Great War. A lot of Australian soldiers were killed during this invasion.

For more information about the battle of Gallipoli:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Gallipoli

On Wednesday 12th September, a monument is revealed close to Gallipoli Farm, to commemorate Pte. Ivor B Gurney. He fought in Ypres and wrote a lot of songs, inspired by his experiences in the trenches.

When the war broke out, he wanted to join the army, but he was refused because he had bad eyes. A year after that, he was tested again and he was accepted. In 1916, he went to France, participated to the ‘Somme’, and one year later, he fought at ‘Passchendaele. The war ended for Ivor B. Gurney, on 12 September 1917, during the third battle for Ypres. He was the victim of a gas attack on Hill 35, also called ‘Gallipoli’. He slowly recovered, but he had a weak mental condition. Despite of that, he still composed and made verses.
While Ivor B. Gurney stood on Hill 35 and looked towards the Pondfarm and he felt guilt, because he didn’t participate to the hard fight.

Monument on Hill 35, on September 12, 2007

Ivor Gurney - To His Love
He's gone, and all our plans
Are useless indeed.
We'll walk no more on Cotswold
Where the sheep feed
Quietly and take no heed.
His body that was so quick
Is not as you
Knew it, on Severn river
Under the blue
Driving our small boat through.
You would not know him now...
But still he died
Nobly, so cover him over
With violets of pride
Purple from Severn side.
Cover him, cover him soon!
And with thick-set
Masses of memorial flowers-
Hide that red wet
Thing I must somehow forget.