To remember this tragic day school students gathered at Sydney’s Anzac memorial to commemorate one of the most brutal battles of World War One. While students that have travelled to Turkey gathered with NSW Premier Mike Baird to lay a wreath at the memorial.
“At times like this, let’s reflect on what that means. Think of the sporting teams they were part of, think of the communities they were part of, think of the families they were part of,” said Baird.
“Just think how many mourned as news came through of the incredible loss. And, friends, our duty is to remember their sacrifice.”
Launched on 6 August 1915, the battle was part of an attack to distract Turkish attention from the British planned August offensive.
The Australians managed to draw Turkish troops into four days of combat and even succeeded in taking the main Turkish trench.
The bloody battle resulted in more than 2000 Australian casualties and is remembered for the lives lost.