25 April is Anzac Day for Australian's and New Zealanders.
“ANZAC” was the name given to a combined force of First Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Army troops who landed on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula at around dawn on Sunday, the 25th day of April, 1915, barely nine months after the outbreak of World War I.
Once again we remembered this national day and the sacrifices of so many in smaller gatherings due to the continuing Covid pandemic. This year as last year, we held a small service at dawn at the end of our street.
At the beginning of the service this year I read this poem I found on the internet. Written by Miss MG Meugens, she wrote poetry about the Great War and was published in magazines and newspapers of the time, and in a couple of anthologies. The poem below was published in Country Life magazine in England.
This photo below is from the National Museum of Australia. If you are ever in Canberra you should visit the Australian War Memorial and it's huge collection of artefacts and historical documents.
I couldn't find out much about Miss MG Meugens, but as my great-uncle was killed at Gallipoli on 2 May 1915 at the age of 19, only a few days into the conflict, the poem touched a special cord with me. He is one of the fallen who still lay in an unmarked grave at Gallipoli. He looks so young and proud in these two photos. Sadly his future was cut short.
I've written about Anzac Day many times before:
.For more poems about World War 1 click here
For more about Anzac Day click here
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