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Near Eceabat in Eceabat district, Çanakkale Province, Turkey

Monument of Respect for the Mehmetcik

Mehmetçiǧe Saygı Anıtı

Mehmetçiǧe Saygı Anıtı Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 10, 2015
1. Mehmetçiǧe Saygı Anıtı Marker
Inscription. Turkish:
"Biz Çanakkale Yarımadasının Türklerle savaşarak ve binlerce insanımızı kaybederek kahraman Turk milletine ve onun essiz vatan sevgisine duyduǧumuz büyük takdir ve hayranlıkla ayrıldık. Bütün Avustralyalılar Mehmetçiǧi kendi evlatları gibi sever Onum mertliǧi, vatan ve insan sevgisi siperlerdeki dayanılmaz heybet ve cesareti, bütün. Anzakları hayran bırakan yurt sevgisi insanlığın örnek alacaǧı büyük hasletlerdir. Mehmetçiǧe minnet ve saygılarımla..." -- Avustralya Genel Valisi Lord Casey

Despite battling against the Turks at the Canakkale peninsula and loosing thousands of our people, we left with great admirance for the Turkish people and how patriotic they were. All Australians love the Mehmetcik. Their greatness, their love for people as a race, their love for their own people, and their unimaginable courage and glory… The love that Turkish people displayed for their country is a great example for man kind, that left Australians stunned.

To the Turkish Soldiers, with gratefulness and regards,

Viceroy Lord Casey.
Location. 40° 13.202′ N, 26° 17.093′ E.
Mehmetçiǧe Saygı Anıtı Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 10, 2015
2. Mehmetçiǧe Saygı Anıtı Marker
This memorial depicts a Turkish soldier carrying a wounded Anzac.
Marker is near Eceabat, Çanakkale Province, in Eceabat district. Marker is on Edirne Çanakkale Yolu (Route D550), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. This monument is located in the Çanakkale Savaşı (Battle of Çanakkale, Battle of Gallipoli) memorial park grounds. Internal park roads are not named, at least on the park map or Google maps. Most road inside the park are one-way and signs point the way to the various cemeteries and sights. Marker is in this post office area: Eceabat, Çanakkale Province 17900, Turkey.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lone Pine Cemetery (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); The Gallipoli Campaign of 1915 (approx. 1.2 kilometers away); Beach Cemetery (approx. 1.6 kilometers away); Anzac Cove (approx. 1.7 kilometers away); Ariburnu (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Atatürk's Tribute (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); North Beach & Sphinx (approx. 2.2 kilometers away); Ari Burnu Cemetery (approx. 2.2 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Eceabat.
More about this marker. Marker translation provided courtesy of humansftwarengineer. Note, also, that Mehmetcik refers to the Turkish soldiers.
Regarding Monument of Respect for the Mehmetcik. The legend: "A wounded British officer lay in no man's land while a ferocious battle raged around him. A white flag tied to the muzzle of a rifle appeared from a Turkish trench and the shooting suddenly stopped. A Turkish soldier climbed from the trench, picked up the British officer, delivered him to the Australian lines and returned to his own side." -- Daily Telegraph
Also see . . .
1. The Aussie PM, Turkey's hero and their unbreakable bond forged at Gallipoli -- Daily Telegraph. THERE is one towering monument at Gallipoli that's particularly intriguing. It's not typical of the monuments you might expect to see on the peninsula; of heroic, rifle-wielding Turks or of Turkey's reformist president Mustapha Ataturk starring stern-faced and resolute toward an invading foe. (Submitted on July 10, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. The Historic National Park of Gallipoli Peninsula - Anzac Hotel Canakkale Turkey. ...The composition of the monument is based on an account attributed to Lord Casey, who later became Governor-General of Australia. Although this speech is reported to have been made at Gallipoli, there is no official record of a visit by Lord Casey to Gallipoli... (Submitted on July 13, 2015.) 
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