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Anzac Day. A public holiday throughout Australia, commemorating the landing of the 30,000 strong Australian & New Zealand Army Corps on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, at the start of a failed invasion of the Turkish-held peninsular. The British campaign to capture the Dardanelles and march on Constantinople was abandoned nine months later and all troops evacuated. Collectively, the British and Ottoman Empires lost more than 110,000 men killed in battle on Gallipoli. Senseless loss at tremendous scale.

Memorial to Annandale’s Immortal Dead (1921). A simple pillar with the names of the 87 local men who were killed in battle, died of wounds, succumbed to disease or never made it on the ship home. Inscription reads: “Erected by the Citizens of Annandale to the Memory of the Men of this District who made the Supreme Sacrifice in the Great War 1914-1920.” (The name R.E.Watson is that of a 16-year-old boy soldier killed in action nine months before the war ended, after a year of fighting in France). Features unusual curved seating at the base of the pillar for quiet contemplation. An ersatz grave once existed behind the memorial below the words “To The Immortal Dead” for more personal mourning. Design competition won by R. Keith Harris and monument built by F. Gagliardi in finely grained trachyte stone quarried at Bowral, 100 km south of Sydney. Annandale.