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Blogger: GemSen The ANZAC legend is one of courage, ingenuity and endurance and is very important to Australia and New Zealand — which, explains why the Australian government is increasing the funds for the impending commemoration of this significant anniversary in 2015. Apparently, the $140 million ANZAC centenary federal fund is to be bolstered by a corporate donated public fund, reported the Guardian recently. In contrast, Britain has allocated £55 million ($ 94 million) which has been funded by the Government treasury and National lottery fund for the 2014 WWI centenary commemoration. A service at Westminster Abbey will be the main focus for the WWI events here in the UK, with a final candle to be extinguished at 11pm  – to mark the precise moment that Britain went to war with Germany.

April 25th 1915 The First World War Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) fought at Gallipoli on the dawn of April 25th 1915 as part of an allied expedition that aimed to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula. The army met strong resistance from the Ottoman Army and the campaign became a stalemate, which dragged on for a gruelling eight months. The Ottoman Casualties were 174,828 with 56,643 dead, the Allied casualties were 187,409 with 56,707 dead. Among the Allied forces, Australia had 28,150 casualties with 8,709 dead and New Zealand had 7,473 casualties with 2,721 dead. The men who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula created a legend and Gallipoli has special importance to many Australians. It also created a sense of national identity as it was the first international incident where the Australians took part as Australians, after establishment of self governed British colony Federation of Australia in 1901. There is already great public interest in attending the centenary services and on ANZAC day on April 25th, every year, Australia and New Zealand commemorate those who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. It is believed that Australia was bitterly divided about going to war and the Australian Government was twice denied the right to recruit for World War I. More than 416,000 Australian men out of the total population of 5 million were enlisted for going to WWI battlefields. 331,000 were deployed and 60,000 of which were killed and 155,000 wounded with tens of thousands with crippling afflictions. This influenced Australia’s opinions on war. Sources: War History Online & Guardian Want to know more about ANZAC? Search the ‘Memorial Register, Gallipoli 16-20, War Graves of The British Commonwealth 1914-1918, Cemeteries in Anzac and Gallipoli’, via the Forces War records site or read the ‘War Dairy and Account of Pt. Gordon James Alford 10th Battalion A.I.F’ who was a soldier during the Gallipoli campaign with an account of the landing. Did any of your Australian or New Zealand relatives serve and fight during war or conflict? Do you have any missing pieces to your military genealogy research? Search our military records and historic document library – you never know what you might discover…

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