Newfoundland and Labrador: a Contribution Remembered (part 20B)


The Seventh Caribou





^^^ The Final Caribou, installed 100 years later on Caribou Hill, Gallipoli


“Those heroes who shed their blood in the territory of this country,

are in the soil of a friendly country.

Here, therefore, rest in peace.

You are lying with Turkish soldiers,

side by side,

in each others’ arms.”


- Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

 


In 2021, the 6th (and final) Caribou was placed near Hill 10 Cemetery, in Gallipoli, modern-day Turkey.



Twelve Newfoundlanders are buried here. By the time they would leave

Gallipoli, the Regiment would suffer 49 killed and 93 wounded.



This caribou, similar to all the others installed along the Trail of the Caribou, weighs 680 kilograms and is three meters from nose to tail and half a meter high.



All caribous stand on rocky outcrops, glowering defiantly at the enemy, and bellowing for his missing sons to return.



The long delay in the installation of the Gallipoli Caribou was caused by the collapse of the

Ottoman Empire and a long civil war that led to the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in 1923.



However, it must be acknowledged that the Turks have always exhibited respect for the

war dead of other countries who are buried here.



As the Turkish Hero (of WW1), Mustafa Kemal Ataturk said:



“Those heroes who shed their blood in the territory of this country,

are in the soil of a friendly country.

Here, therefore, rest in peace.

You are lying with Turkish soldiers,

side by side,

in each others’ arms.”



^ Author, Gerry Peddle, stands with the 7th Caribou at Bowring Park, St. John's (Sept '21)



But, there is another Caribou.



It is located in St. John’s, on a Bowring Park trail near the Waterford River. It is identical to the one located at Beaumont Hamel in France, including an identical bronze Memorial Wall to the 820 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who died during WW1, and have no known graves.



This Caribou enables local Newfoundlanders to honour the sacrifice, on home soil, of loved ones who have no known graves.