Welcome to the 11th Battalion AIF and the Gallipoli Trench Project.
Based in Geraldton, Western Australia, 400kms north of Perth, 11th Battalion Living History Unit is a living history and commemorative group dedicated to researching and representing Western Australia's first and finest Battalion.
The group also embarked on a major project, recreating a living Gallipoli Trench complete with sound systems, actors and all the paraphernalia of war to make the experience for visitors as real as possible. Officially opened on 19 November 2016, the first cruise ship tour actually started on 15th November and was the first of many projected. From January 21st 2017 the trench will be open every third Saturday of the month. The trench is an authentic replica of a captured Turkish trench as taken by the 11th on the night of 31st July 1915 and named for the commander who led the attack, Capt R. L. Leane.
See the page dedicated to this project.
On 30 July 2017, the 102nd anniversary of the eve of the assault by 11th Battalion on what became Leane's Trench, a blessing was conducted at our 'Leane's Trench'. We were honoured to host the Turkish Consul General Mr Mehmet Küçüksakallı who flew in from Melbourne especially. It was a privilege to be able to respect and remember all combatants together with the Turkish community .
Please note: the trench is closed during January and February 2020.