28 April 2017

ANZAC events take place at CWGC sites around the world

CWGC staff have been busy helping with ANZAC services at the commission's sites around the world this week.

From India to Thailand, from the UK to Iran, and from Belgium to Burma, there were ceremonies marking ANZAC Day.

The Southern Cross flags of Australia and New Zealand were lowered at such iconic CWGC sites as the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, in Ieper, and the Singapore Memorial, at Kranji War Cemetery.

Our picture round-up begins, with the first ever ANZAC service on the island of Madagascar, where the country’s President and other senior officials attended the CWGC Diego Suarez War Cemetery.

 

 

CWGC Diego Suarez War Cemetery, on the island of Madagascar, hosts its first ANZAC

service to commemorate the lone Australian casualty buried there

 

 

Hundreds attend the annual service at Kranji War Cemetery

 

   

 The Royal Air Forces Association and The Britain-Australia Society organised

an ANZAC service at Cambridge City Cemetery

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Today, 21 February, marks 101 years since the sinking of the SS Mendi and is also South Africa’s Armed Forces Day. The sinking was one of the worst maritime disasters in British waters, and among the darkest moments of South Africa’s war. The number of lives lost was second only to the casualties suffered by the South African Brigade at Delville Wood during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

The Commission has begun a project to document, restore and preserve its unique memorials in Africa.