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Tue 24 Apr 2007

ANZAC day tomorrow

Category : world

Alvin reminded us of ANZAC Day tomorrow, 25 Apr 2007.

"The ANZAC tradition began in World War I with a landing on 25 April 1915 near Gallipoli on the Turkish Aegean coast. Because of a navigational error, the ANZACs came ashore about a mile north of the intended landing point. Instead of facing the expected beach and gentle slope they found themselves at the bottom of steep cliffs, offering the few Turkish defenders an ideal defensive position. Establishing a foothold, the ANZACs found an advance to be impossible. After eight months of stalemate the Allies withdrew, leaving 10,000 dead amongst the ANZACs and over 33,000 British dead.

Although the ANZACs were a minority of the half-million Allied men who served at Gallipoli, the troops from the two young nations were often at the vanguard and became renowned for their doggedness despite what the British regarded as a lack of discipline. A full 10% of the New Zealand population (then just under 1 million) served overseas during World War I."


ANZAC Day 2006, Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery.
Source: Dept. veteranss Affairs, Government of Australia.

The New Zealand High Commission will host the ANZAC Day Dawn Service this year (they host on odd years, Aussies host on even years). The NZ High Commission webpage elaborates on its origins and its relevance today (all veterans of Gallipolli have passed away):

"Wednesday 25 April 2007 will mark ninety two years since the soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), together with forces from Britain, India, Canada and France, landed at dawn on the west coast of the Gallipoli Peninsula to open the Dardanelles Campaign of World War I. Casualties were extremely heavy. By the end of the campaign over 11,000 ANZAC soldiers had been killed. ANZAC Day is not only a day of commemoration of the fallen, it is also, for New Zealand and Australia, the day that marks the creation of the ANZAC partnership.

ANZAC Day also provides an opportunity to remember all Australians and New Zealanders who have sacrificed their lives for the security and freedom of our nations. This includes those who died in the battle for Singapore in World War II, many of whom are buried at the Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery. "

They have also hosted a page on NZ airmen's involvement in the Battle of Singapore. See "The Royal New Zealand Air Force in the Defence of Singapore 1941/42." nzembasssy.com, 7th Mar 2007.

Kennneth has a personal connection to ANZAC day; see "Grandfather Stories." By Kenneth Pinto. Deadpoet's Cave, 25 Dec 2004.

Photo taken by Kenneth Pinto at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne on ANZAC Day 2003, after the Dawn Service. They were all waiting to proceed into the Shrine.

I have to Yesterday this now but want to add John Larkin's dad's site. Seems down so will try calling John down under.

Update: The page downloaded even as I was talking to him.

Prisoner of War Frank Larkin. By John Larkin. "These pages document the war time experiences of my father, Frank Larkin. He was captured by the Japanese during the battle of the Muar in January, 1942. Following that he was interned in prisons and camps in Malaya, Singapore, Thailand and Japan. My dad managed to survive the war."

John commemorated ANZAC Day in Singapore in 2003; see "ANZAC Day Dawn Service, Kranji War Memorial, Sinagpore." Photos by John Larkin, 2003.

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