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Annual ANZAC Day ceremonies to be held at CWGC Cemeteries and Memorials, worldwide

20 April 2016

ANZAC Day - 25 April - marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

In April 1915, Australian and New Zealand forces formed part of the Allied expedition which set out to land on the beaches of Gallipoli. They were sent to find an alternative to the stalemate of the Western Front but the Ottoman soldiers who faced them fought with bravery and determination.

Over the following nine months, casualties on all sides mounted until the decision was made to evacuate. The last Allied troops left Gallipoli in January 1916, leaving behind the remains of more than 36,000 of their comrades who are buried or commemorated in the 31 cemeteries and memorials cared for by the CWGC on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Over 100 years on, ANZAC Day is marked with ceremonies and events worldwide, as Australians and New Zealanders remember their fallen from the two world wars and other conflicts.

A large number of these events will take place at CWGC cemeteries and memorials, including CWGC Lone Pine Cemetery & Memorial and Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Gallipoli.

Ceremonies will also be held across France and Belgium, including at Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery & Australian Memorial and Buttes New British Cemetery & NZ Memorial, Polygon Wood.

And in the UK, events will be held at Harefield (St. Mary) Churchyard and Brockenhurst (St. Nicholas) Churchyard.

For further details on the events taking place, visit And keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest photos from the events.

Want to learn more about ANZAC Day?

Click here to visit the Australian War Memorial's website page about ANZAC Day

Click here to visit New Zealand's Ministry for Culture and Heritage's ANZAC Day website