Angus remembers ANZACs

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Angus honoured the centenary of the tragic Gallipoli campaign in Arbroath on Sunday at one of the UK’s largest Anzac commemorations.

The ceremony saw members of the Armed Forces, service association and dignitaries gather by the graves of Anzac airmen killed in the Second World War, to mark the 100th anniversary of Australian and New Zealand soldiers landing at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915.

ANZAC Day Arbroath

ANZAC Day Arbroath

President of the Arbroath Branch of the British Legion, Lt Col Ian Ballantyne MBE opened the moving Gallipoli Commemoration Service.

Organised by the New Zealand Society (Scotland) with the co-operation of the Royal British Legion (Arbroath), the Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Georgiana Osborne, gave the Gallipoli Address for Anzac troops who had ‘freely joined’ the new corps following Britain’s declaration of war on Germany.

She said: “The politicians, the press and the pulpit proclaimed it was ‘for King and country’, and for some it was.

“Like youths in every age they saw themselves as immortal; it was their mothers trying to hold back the tears and fearing the worst, and with good reason.”

Lt General Sir Alistair Irwin, KCB CBE, the President of Legion Scotland, read the ‘Ode to the Fallen’.

The address echoed a worldwide remembrance for the bloody eight-month campaign in Gallipoli, now modern-day Turkey, which was the first in World War 1 to involve troops from Australia and New Zealand.

Services across the globe paid tribute to the thousands of young men who fell, 100 years ago.

At the Western Cemetery, Arbroath, a field gun salute was fired by 212 Battery, Royal Artillery Scotland before Royal Marine bugler Jeff Smart bookended the poignant service with the Last Post and Reveille.

Arbroath welcomed special guests to the occasion including Ereti Mitchell and Molly Smith of the New Zealand Society Scotland, Wing Commander Dominic Sims of the Australian Defence Force, Lieutenant Mark Douglas of the New Zealand Defence Force, David Lilly of the New Zealand High Commission, and Angus Provost Helen Oswald.

Angus representatives from 45 Commando Royal Marines, gunners from 212 Battery RA Scotland, and local cadets also attended the ceremony to support the day of remembrance.