Aussies With Deep Connections To Gallipoli To Perform Crucial Anzac Day Roles
Three of the most important roles in this year's Anzac Dawn Service in Gallipoli will be performed by current servicemen and women with deep, personal connections to the bloody struggle.
Leading Aircraftsmen Michael Fraser and Robert Scott, as well as Able Seaman Amanda May, will all take part in the ceremony.
The climax of every Anzac service around the world is arguably the sounding of the Last Post -- and this year, Fraser has that responsibility. He has some relevant experience for the role, fulfilling it at the 2006 Lone Pine commemoration in the hills above Anzac Cove.
Fraser's great uncle, Private Reginald Broader, was with the 9th Battalion and was one of the first ashore on April 25, 1915.
Broader, who hailed from Queensland, was wounded at Gallipoli and spent months in hospital before returning to the line. When he returned to war he was wounded again, being evacuated to Greece for treatment and later repatriated to the UK.
When he recovered, he was sent back into action for a third time, this time being deployed to Belgium. He was killed on the Western Front.
In another crucial part of the Anzac day events, May will raise the Australian flag, honouring her great-grandfather Erskine Edward May.
“I’m glad to be here representing him and my family, and to remember him climbing up that mountain," May told 10 News First.
"It would have been tough for them.”
Scott will play the bagpipes during Thursday’s service.
He brought a poppy from Australia in a hand-made cypress plaque to place on the grave of his great-great uncle, Thomas Enoch Haylock, who was buried where he fell in Shrapnel Gully.
Some 1,400 Australians and New Zealanders have registered for this year’s service in Turkey, despite President Erdogan’s remarks about sending anti-Islamic ANZACs home in coffins like their grandfathers.