100 Years of ANZAC 1915 to 2015
Lest We Forget
BY Shane Moore
As I’m writing this story I can hardly believe it’s been 100 years that the Australian and New Zealand troops answered the call to fight for King and country on the other side of the world.
The young men who went to fight were from between 15 and 18 years of age and they were volunteers. When they left they thought the war was going to be over before Christmas but they were wrong. April 25 marks the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli. The battle of Gallipoli was unsuccessful by the Allied Army Forces but one thing that came out of it all was the ANZACs made history on the beach and ANZAC cove was named. Recently there was a new television mini series screened about Gallipoli and I thought it was a good show to educate us as to what happened on April 25 – how the battle of Gallipoli was fought and how the British Officers changed their minds and formulated a new plan of attack. The plan was to attack the Turkish Army in the trenches at the Nek and Lone Pine but they didn’t know that the Turkish Army had lined up machine guns along that trench. The Australian Army had the highest death rate in one day of fighting as they went over the trenches over and over again to in an attempt to take the Turkish trenches.
The officers of Australia and Britain had to withdraw. They said later it was a mistake to go to Gallipoli in the first place and it should never happen again.
The Australian nurses did an awesome job helping to tend to the wounded and sick soldiers that returned from the beaches to the hospital ship.
The things the young ANZAC soldiers must have seen are those of indescribable horror.
I had two family members serve at Gallipoli and the Great War. My father’s Great Uncle was at Gallipoli and was lost in action and my mother’s Grandfather was also in Gallipoli but he survived to go onto the Great War where he lost his life.
In today‘s age we all think of the men and nurses who served in both World War I and World War II as well as all other areas of conflict. This year on the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli it will be a special day for all Australians who are currently servicing as well as the old diggers and family members.