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Centenary of Gallipoli August Offensive

04 August 2015

In August 1915, Commonwealth forces across Gallipoli prepared for an offensive intended to break the deadlock and take control of the peninsula. Central to the plan was an assault on the heights of Sari Bair, including the peak of Chunuk Bair, from where a breakout towards the Dardanelles might be launched. Supporting attacks would take place at Lone Pine and the Nek, in the south at Helles, and to the north at Suvla Bay.

This Thursday, 6 August, the Australian Government will conduct a commemorative service at CWGC Lone Pine Cemetery to mark the centenary of the Battle of Lone Pine.

Australian forces suffered more than 2,000 wounded, killed and missing in the battle, and the Ottomans around 7,000. Seven men of the Australian Imperial Force were awarded the Victoria Cross for their bravery.

Lone Pine Cemetery is now the final resting place of more than 1,160 Commonwealth servicemen, with the Lone Pine Memorial commemorating by name a further 5,000 men of the Australian and New Zealand forces who have no known grave.

On Saturday 8 August, the New Zealand Government will conduct a service to mark the centenary of the Battle of Chunuk Bair at CWGC Chunuk Bair Cemetery & New Zealand Memorial.

The cemetery is the final resting place of more than 630 Commonwealth servicemen, the names of only 10 of whom are known. The memorial which stands above the cemetery bears the names of 850 servicemen who fought with New Zealand forces in the Sari Bair offensive, and in other operations in this sector, and have no known grave.