The photographs of Charles Ryan taken at Gallipoli, 1915.
Photographs and text courtesy Australian War Memorial
The photographs of Charles Ryan
A unique series of photographs taken on Gallipoli form an enduring record of the Australian experience of the campaign.
For Charles Ryan serving as a senior medical officer in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) was the culmination of a long, exciting, and colourful life. His remarkable images of Australian soldiers capture the mateship, the stoicism, and the dogged persistence that became the spirit of Anzac. Colonel Ryan outside the Australian 1st Division’s headquarters on Anzac.
A view of Anzac Cove several weeks after the landing by Australian and New Zealand troops on 25 April 1915. The allies had been contained within the range of hills just beyond the horizon. It was a stalemate: the Anzacs could not advance, nor could the Turks drive them into the sea. Stores stand in piles on the beach and crude dug-outs rise behind them in terraces on the rugged, eroded Turkish slopes.