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Events announced for Gallipoli commemorations

The 100-year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign will be one of the key centenaries marked by the UK as part of its First World War commemorations. More than 550,000 Allied troops took part in the campaign and events to mark the conflict will be … Continue reading

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The First Australian to fall in the First World War

The first Australian soldier to lose his life in the First World War may well have been 22-year-old Lieutenant William Malcolm Chisholm, who was killed at the Battle of Le Cateau in August 1914. Delphine Bartier, press and media manager … Continue reading

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Australian PM highlights importance of WW1 in shaping nation

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has said Gallipoli was one of a ‘tide of events’ that shaped the Australian nation. In his Anzac Day address at the Australian War Memorial, Abbott also called for Australians to remember the Western Front … Continue reading

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UK government accused of Centenary political correctness

More controversy shrouds the UK’s commemoration of World War I as government ministers are accused of playing down the role of Australian and New Zealand soldiers in favour of the contribution from ‘New Commonwealth’ nations. The Daily Telegraph reports that … Continue reading

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Lost Diggers of Vignacourt at Australian National War Memorial

Remember Me; the Lost Diggers of Vignacourt is one of the exhibitions currently on show at the Australian National War Memorial. Vignacourt was a small French village in a rear area of the Allied forces that served as a staging … Continue reading

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Former Australian PM says World War I ‘devoid of virtue’

Former Australian prime minister Paul Keating has described World War I as a war devoid of virtue that arose from the quagmire of European tribalism. The Australian newspaper reports that Keating was forthright as he delivered the Remembrance Day commemorative … Continue reading

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Egypt-born VC winner to receive Manchester commemoration

Sergeant Issy Smith, an Egypt-born Victoria Cross winner, will be commemorated in his adopted home city of Manchester, following a campaign by the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (Ajex). The government plans to commemorate all the British-born VC winners … Continue reading

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