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Flag of Havran - Image by Jens Pattke, 21 April 2013
The municipality of Havran (28,060 inhabitants in 2012, 11,001 in the town proper; 54,321 ha is located 70 km west of Balıkesir, on the border with the Çanakkale Province.
Ivan Sache, 3 March 2016
The flag of Havran is white with the municipality's emblem in the middle. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".
The emblem of the municipality features the monument dedicated to Corporal Seyit (photo).
Quoting the Gallipoli Campaign website:
Seyit was born in Çamlık village of Havran, in 1889. Seyit conscripted in April 1909. He joined the Balkan Wars in 1912. After the war was ended, he has not been discharged and recruited for the Çanakkale forces, as a gunner.
On 18 March 1915, there was only one battery standing, on Mecidiye forts located on the European side. However, its shell crane was heavily damaged. Corporal Seyit with an unbelievable strength lifted the shell which was 275 kg, for three times and positioned into the battery. This heroic strength of Seyit seriously damaged HMS Ocean.
Seyit returned home in 1918 where he worked as a forester and a coal-miner. He died in 1939, because of a serious lung disease.
Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 3 March 2016