|The White Tower, Thessaloniki, 1916. Photographer Ariel Varges. IWM image Q 31876|
Above is a photograph of the iconic White Tower on Thessaloniki harbor photographed in 1916 by American war photographer Ariel Varges.
Biult by the Ottomans in the 16th century and having served as an infamous Ottoman prison, this was now a Greek government building which during the campaign housed the ancient Greek artifacts uncovered by British soldiers and formed the British Salonika Force Museum. The roof of the tower was also where British Royal Navy signalers tended a chicken coop!
|Royal Navy signalers and their chickens, The White Tower roof, 1916. IWM image Q31877|
It was here that the Anzac Dinner was held, a New Zealand organized affair, with Australian Doctor Agnes Bennett and hospital orderly Myles Franklin joining some of the Australian soldiers fighting in British units during the campaign.
Below is the White Tower today.
In honor of the 30 year anniversary of the Melbourne-Thessaloniki Sister Cities
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee
|The White Tower today. Photograph Jim Claven 2012|