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Commemoration of Gallipoli centenary

24 April 2015

Jersey will be represented at the National Commemoration of the Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign and Anzac Day tomorrow by Assistant Chief Minister Senator Philip Ozouf.

Senator Ozouf will join Her Majesty the Queen, members of the Royal Family and government officials at London’s Cenotaph at 11am at a special centenary event organised to incorporate the annual Anzac Day ceremony. The event has been arranged by the UK Government in co-operation with the Governments of Australia and New Zealand, who have held a ceremony at the Cenotaph on that date for the last 98 years.

The ceremony will remember those who fought at Gallipoli, one of the major engagements of the First World War, involving more than 400,000 British, over 40,000 French and around 140,000 Commonwealth and Irish servicemen.

First World War

Senator Ozouf said "It is a privilege to be representing Jersey at tomorrow’s ceremony and to be joining government and military representatives and the descendants of those who fought at this campaign. This centenary event gives us all the opportunity to pay tribute to the courage of those who served in the First World War and in conflicts around the world in the 100 years since that time."

Allied troops, from Britain, the Indian sub-continent, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada other Commonwealth countries and France, participated on land and in ships off the Turkish coast in the Gallipoli Campaign. In total their casualties, including those killed, sustaining serious injuries, falling sick or missing, numbered more than 200,000. The campaign saw a higher number of Australian and New Zealand deaths than in any previous conflict.

Saturday’s event follows a ceremony being held today at Cape Helles on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Helles Memorial on the Gallipoli Peninsula. There will be high-level UK Government representation as well as participation by the UK Armed Forces.

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