Yeppoon high school teacher Peter Hayes oversees the grave of his great uncle Monaghan Raymond Hayes in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery at Gallipoli.
Yeppoon high school teacher Peter Hayes oversees the grave of his great uncle Monaghan Raymond Hayes in Shrapnel Valley Cemetery at Gallipoli. Stuart Cumming

Five generations still remember Yeppoon Anzac's sacrifice

A FALLEN Anzac's name has lived on through five generations of Yeppoon man Peter Hayes' family.

Mr Hayes and his wife will be among the 10,500 people expected at Saturday's dawn service.

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They yesterday toured the Gallipoli peninsula, stopping at Shrapnel Gully Cemetery to visit the grave of Mr Hayes' great uncle Monaghan Raymond Hayes.

"I got named after him, so did my son, so did my grandson and so did my father," Mr Hayes said.

The descendants all have Monaghan as their second name.

"It's because he was a brave bloke who died really young."

Mr Hayes said his great uncle served with the 1st Light Horse Brigade, landing at Gallipoli late in the campaign.

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The young man, either 20 or 21 years old, had to be evacuated to Lemnos after just a few days.

"He was shot by a machine gun we believe though the buttocks and through the arm.

"He wasn't happy until he got back to where his mates were."

However, his return proved fatal.

Mr Hayes' only knowledge of the soldier's death was from a story passed down through his family.

"He was sleeping in a dugout and a ricochet came off a water canteen and hit him in the head."

Mr Hayes, who teaches manual arts and religion at St Brendan's College, expected Saturday's commemorations to be emotional.

He said the event had been highly commercialised but still appreciated some of the important aspects.

"Even with the commercial hype, the Turkish people are still so genuine."


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