He is remembered

Beach Cemetery also known as Hell Spit was used from the day of the landing on Gallipoli and overlooks the southern point of Anzac Cove.

It is here that you can find 391 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated, including Cyril Burdeu.

Cyril Burdeu, Mena CampMena Camp, Egypt

This handsome 6ft Aussie was 22 when he enlisted to serve with the 2nd Field Artillery Brigade, just two weeks after Australia declared its involvement. He is pictured here at rest on a kit bag, in the shade of his tent, Mena Camp, Egypt.

There is very little on his service record to tell us of his movements, he was promoted to Corporal before he embarked from Melbourne in October 1914 and spent several months in Egypt training before embarking for Lemnos, then Gallipoli.

Unit Diary May 1915

The Unit War Diary for the 2nd Field Artillery Brigade is an honest record of their landing and records Corporal Burdeu’s fate, just two weeks later.

 Corporal Burdeu, C.A. killed by shrapnel while sitting in dug out at ‘phone.

We know that the artillery unit landed at Gabe Tepe at 11:30 AM on the 26th April, troops, guns and horses went ashore amongst plenty of gun-fire and shelling. The infantry troops already ashore assisted them to drag the guns up the awkward slopes and asked them why hadn’t they come yesterday?

We are so very privileged however, to be able to remember Cyril Burdeu because his brother Clive who also served, donated Cyril’s collection of photographs and his service medals to the State Library of Queensland.

Cyril Burdue CollectionThe photographs taken in Egypt and in the trenches of Gallipoli are stunning examples of soldier-photographers who wanted to record their experiences and the mates they served with.

Cyril Burdeu, Egypt

Now being preserved for everyone to enjoy and remember, they will soon be available via the Library’s OneSearch catalogue.

Grave Stone, Beach Cemetery

With the commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War, it would be wonderful if anyone who is going to Gallipoli in 2015, could visit Beach Cemetery and look for Cyril Andrew Burdue’s plot I.D.5 and let him know … he is remembered.

Sources:

Marg Powell
QANZAC 100 Content Technician
State Library of Queensland