Anzac Day 2015 marks 100 years since the landings at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, when thousands of Australian, New Zealand and Turkish soldiers died.

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FROM ANZAC COVE:

Margaret and Roy Henderson of Boyne Island in Gallipoli on Anzac Day 2015.
Margaret and Roy Henderson of Boyne Island in Gallipoli on Anzac Day 2015.


FROM MT LARCOM:


FROM AGNES WATER 1770:

The march and service for Anzac Day 2015

FROM STEVE SNELL: "Three generations."

From Steve Snell
From Steve Snell

FROM TASH WALLIS: 7yo Amber paying tribute to her great uncle. A hand written letter and poppy.

From Tash Wallis
From Tash Wallis


LAST MAN STANDING, Miriam Vale: Alex Craig may be the only World War II digger left in Miriam Vale, but his fallen mates were strong in his thoughts this morning.

Mr Craig was born in 1922. The grandfather of 12 served as a mechanical fitter and driver during the war and was a Leading Air Craftsman in the airforce, too.

"I am pleased I am still alive at 93," he laughed. "I enlisted when I was 19 years old and I learnt how to fly in the war."

The dawn service was bittersweet for Mr Craig. "About 60 men used to march down here at Miriam Vale on Anzac Day," he said. "Now it's just down to one."

Three diggers did live in Miriam Vale, Mr Craig being one of those.

- LAURA MCKEE


LAST POST, Agnes Water: The mellow sound of the flugelhorn pierced the air at the Agnes Water/1770 Anzac Day dawn service as Sue Chamberlain delivered the Last Post. Ms Chamberlain said she felt emotional doing the honour; her grandfather served in World War II and her father in the Naval Reserves.

Sue Chamberlain was a bit nervous about playing the Last Post.
Sue Chamberlain was a bit nervous about playing the Last Post. Mike Richards GLA250415ANZAC

"I was also in the Army Reserve band for three years," she said. "I was in the 2nd/14th Light Horse Regiment."

Ms  Chamberlain started playing brass instruments when she was nine years old. She admitted to being nervous before the service started. "I haven't played it (flugelhorn) for a while," she laughed. "It has a more mellow sound to it and I am expecting to make people cry."

- LAURA MCKEE
 

STREET PARADE, Gladstone: Thanks to Donna Mcconville who sent this photo in of the street parade.

Street parade
Street parade Photo by Donna Mcconville


DAWN SERVICE, Gladstone: Thousands of people lined the streets this morning for the dawn service at Gladstone. RSL president Russell Tidd was overjoyed with the turn out but is expecting the main parade and civic ceremony to be even more popular. "It's going to be big. A lot of people will come down for that," he said. "There will be a fair few kids marching from the Civic Centre down to the cenotaph."

People in the march will gather at 10.25am and start at 10.30am. The service in Anzac Park will follow.


DAWN SERVICE, Agnes Water: About 600 people paid their respect at the 6am Agnes Water 1770 dawn service, gathering around the new cenotaph. The cenotaph was a $160,000 project funded by the Federal Government. The day was made more special, remembering the president of the Agnes Water RSL, Lindsay Evans, who passed away last week, three days before his birthday.

DAWN SERVICE, Turkey Beach: It was a moving ceremony at Turkey Beach this morning. It was incredible to watch the sun rise over the harbour as the Last Post was played by Brad Read. About 100 people turned out for the dawn service which was organised by Vietnam veteran Ron Jensen and his fellow veterans.

MORNING PARADE, Boyne: Hundreds of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands residents lined Malpas St to welcome the street parade.


DAWN SERVICE, Boyne: About 3000 people turned up for the Boyne Island dawn service. It's the biggest turn out the town has ever seen. Boyne Tannum RSL secretary Mike Robbins said: "At about 5.05am we were a little worried because we hadn't seen the Salvation Army or Cr Maxine Brushe, but everything turned out brilliantly."

Organisers ordered 25% more food than last year - 24 dozen eggs, 18kg of bacon, 500 sausages, 8L of milk and 18 loaves of bread - but they still ran out of eggs.

ANZAC DAY, Calliope: The community certainly showed up in Calliope this morning. Here, members of the rural fire service are paying their respects.

At the Calliope Anzac Day service
At the Calliope Anzac Day service

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DAWN SERVICE, Gladstone: Tracey Moore of New Auckland enjoyed a very moving ceremony at Anzac Park for the dawn service.

Tracey Moore of New Auckland enjoyed a very moving ceremony at Anzac Park for the dawn service.
Tracey Moore of New Auckland enjoyed a very moving ceremony at Anzac Park for the dawn service.


DAWN SERVICE, Gladstone: National serviceman Clive Hall with (back) Sylvia, Andrew, Daniel and Leah Hall and (front) Mathew and Melissa Hall.

National serviceman Clive Hall with (back) Sylvia, Andrew, Daniel and Leah Hall and (front) Mathew and Melissa Hall.
National serviceman Clive Hall with (back) Sylvia, Andrew, Daniel and Leah Hall and (front) Mathew and Melissa Hall.

 

DAWN SERVICE, Gladstone: Gladstone RSL president Russell Tidd has thanked everyone for coming and paying their respects to those who fought. "God knows how many thousands we have here today, and I thank you all with all of my heart."


DAWN SERVICE, Gladstone: "Gladstone, waiting. #gladstoneremembers." Photo by Alana Kenzler.

"Gladstone, waiting. #gladstoneremembers." Alana Kenzler

 

DAWN SERVICE, Gladstone: There is a large crowd at the Gladstone dawn service. Alana Kenzler wrote in: "I come to this (dawn service) every year and there is already three times the crowd here this morning."

"I come to this (dawn service) every year and there is already three times the crowd here this morning." Alana Kenzler

 

ANZAC COVE, Gallipoli: Winning tickets in the ballot to the centenary in Gallipoli, the Riebe family (from Chinchilla) and Henderson family (from Boyne Island) take their seats at Anzac Cove, 3.30AM AEST. They say it took them four hours to get through security checks before the service.

Photo by the Riebe family (from Chinchilla) and Henderson family (from Boyne Island).
Photo by the Riebe family (from Chinchilla) and Henderson family (from Boyne Island).

 

EARLIER: This year Boyne Island resident Janet Hadley discovered that one of her great uncles, Gordon Appleyard, is thought to be one of the first 15 Australian soldiers to land at Gallipoli.

Gordon Appleyard was one of six brothers to fight in the First World War. Read that story, here.

Janet Hadley can get lost in the tales of her ancestors and their experiences in the World War One. Photo Campbell Gellie / The Observer
Janet Hadley can get lost in the tales of her ancestors and their experiences in the World War One. Photo Campbell Gellie / The Observer Campbell Gellie

 

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