Anzac Day: and throughout the Commonwealth people have been commemorating the landing at Gallipoli of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps forty-three years ago today.
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Background: Anzac Day: and throughout the Commonwealth people have been commemorating the landing at Gallipoli of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps forty-three years ago today. Under fire
from Turkish snipers on the impregnable cliffs, the Anzacs fought their way through narrow ravines to the cliff tops overlooking the Dardanelles; but victory was denied them. And today in London, at the Cenotaph, as elsewhere in the world their heroic sacrifice was remembered.
The Australian High Commissioner, Sir Eric Harrison, and the New Zealand Deputy-Prime Minister, Mr. Skinner, laid wreaths and later read the lessons in the Commemorative Service in Westminster Abbey.
Wreaths were also laid by Lord Meuntbatten, and by Lieutenant General Lord Freyberg, V. C, who won the first of his many decorations for bravery during this landing in the first World War.
Among the floral tributes at the foot of the Cenotaph was one from the ANZAC Fellowship of Women and mingling with the large crowd paying homage to the fallen were many relatives.
And on this Anzac Day -- as in years past -- there was room for the simple token from one with undimmed memory among the tributes of the nations.