Gallipoli dead remembered on 102nd anniversary of WWI battle

DAWN SERVICE: The crowd gathers for a Dawn Service at Portland on Tuesday, April 25, Anzac Day.

Justice Minister Amy Adams left for Turkey on Friday as New Zealand's official representative at the 102nd ANZAC Day commemorations at Gallipoli.

Turks mark what they call the Canakkale War on March 18 - the day in 1915 that saw the start of the main Allied naval assault on the Dardanelles Straits. The peninsula has become a site of pilgrimage for visitors from Australia and New Zealand in particular, who honor their fallen in graveyards halfway around the world on Anzac Day each year.

Mr Workman returned to call for the wreath laying to begin.

The PM's office published photos from the unannounced visit to social media on Tuesday morning, showing Turnbull meeting with Australian servicemen and women who are both assisting local forces in the fight against Islamic State (IS) and helping local communities rebuild from the war.

Since 2002, 42 Australian troops have been killed in Afghanistan and two in Iraq.

'But I know that every Australian, whether they're here or back in Australia next year, will stop, pause and remember and reflect on the enormous sacrifice that was made on the Western Front on behalf of our nation'.

Australian and New Zealand soldiers take part in the ceremony.

He briefly met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi before jetting to Afghanistan, where he visited Camp Qarga outside capital Kabul, and later met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

Australia has 270 defence personnel deployed mostly in the capital Kabul, where they provide support and security along with some mentoring recruits at the Afghan National Military Academy.

Rain was the only problem that plagued the 38,000-strong crowd in Canberra as they heard former sapper-turned-Paralympian gold medallist Curtis McGrath pay tribute the courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice shown by Australia's veterans during the past century.

Representing St Josephs Regional College in delivering the dawn service, guest speaker Alex Ross shared an insightful speech on valuing the freedom we share today as a result of the sacrifice, spirit and bravery.

Many were sheltering children and young people.

  • Leroy Wright