The ANZACS, Bell Tents and Gallipoli

For the Fallen

Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21 September 1914.

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Anzacs World War 1 Gallipoli Bell Tents History

  The canvas Bell Tent, or Sibley Tent,  is massively entrenched in the history of Australia since World War 1, providing accommodation for the ANZACS across Europe and Gallipoli.

World War 2 Photographs Bell Tent Army Camps

April 25, 2015 marked 100 years since Australian, New Zealand, British, French and Indian troops went ashore on the Gallipoli peninsula to battle Ottoman troops in the Dardenelles Campaign, an eight-month battle that led to a staggering 500,000 casualties – 252,000 on the Allied side, including 26,111 Australians – 8,141 killed, their names enshrined on memorials in nearly every Australian town.

The surviving veterans have now joined their fallen mates, but these amazing photos bring the Gallipoli campaign back to life and won’t let you forget.

Study photographs of Gallipoli and you will see canvas Bell Tents or the Sibley Tents perched on hillsides, in large village camps and settlements.

Army Camp Bell Tent World War One Gallipoli Anzacs

Army Camp Bell Tent World War One Gallipoli Anzacs

Gallipoli ANZACS Bell Tent

Men of the 42nd East Lancashire Division encamped at Gully Reach in September 1915. Photo Hulton Archive/Getty.

Honouring the Centenary of the commencement of WW1, a series definitely worth watching is ANZAC Girls, a moving six-part series based on the unique, and rarely told true stories of Australian and New Zealand nurses serving at Gallipoli and the Western Front.

The tents were reproduced for the series based on specifications provided from an original sample at the Australian War Memorial. Every detail was as authentic as possible: the tents were manufactured with 11-oz. natural cotton army duck, with all-natural cotton thread, cotton tape, natural cotton rope for door closures, period brass grommets, wall ties for ventilation, and a reinforcement patch at the top for the pole.

Based on the book “The Other Anzacs: Nurses at War, 1914-1918” as well as from diaries, letters, photographs and historical achievements, the six-episode mini-series began filming in Australia in July 2013 and aired on Australian TV in August 2014.

Stunning set design and reproduction of bell tents can be seen in the photographs from the series can be seen in the gallery below:

April 3rd 1915 Bell Tent Camp April 20th 1910 Australian General Hospital made up of Bell Tents Anzacs World War 1 Gallipoli Bell Tents HistoryAnzacs World War 1 Gallipoli Bell Tents HistoryAnzacs World War 1 Gallipoli Bell Tents HistoryAnzac Girls TV Series Bell Tents in HistoryAnzac Girls TV Series Bell Tents in HistoryANZAC Girls World War 1 Bell Tent Camp

ANZAC Girls World War 1 Bell Tent Camp ANZAC Girls World War 1 Bell Tent Camp

Images: Anzac Girls 

Words: Breathe Bell Tents with information from various sources and

Photographs: courtesy Craig Brown, Australian Bushcraft Magazine