Anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine

Today marks the 102nd anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine, one of the most bitterly fought actions of the Gallipoli Campaign.

File photo by Sergeant Troy Rodgers

More than 2200 Australians were killed or wounded in the battle and there were up to 7000 casualties on the Turkish side.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said the Australian Ambassador Designate to Turkey Marc Innes-Brown will lay a wreath at Lone Pine Memorial and Cemetery at 9am local time today (4pm AEST).

Mr Tehan said the battle exemplified the courage, resilience and determination associated with the ANZACs.

“The fighting at Lone Pine was brutal and bloody, as soldiers from both sides fought with bayonets, bombs, rifles, and even their fists,” Mr Tehan said.

“Incredible bravery was demonstrated on both sides, with seven members of the Australian Imperial Force awarded the Victoria Cross – the most from any single action during the First World War.

“Many more received other decorations for their part in the fighting.

“The Battle of Lone Pine is a part of the ANZAC legend and the history of our nation.

“It is our duty to never forget it.”

Lone Pine Cemetery is the location of the Memorial to the Missing which lists the names of the 4224 Australians who lost their lives at Gallipoli and who have no known grave.

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