Thursday, 6 August 2015

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State


Commemorative services are being staged around the nation today and on Gallipoli as Australians pay tribute to Australian Soldiers who were involved in the Battle of Lone Pine.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson said the Battle of Lone Pine lasted for four days and began 100 years ago today.

“After an hour of intense artillery bombardment of the Turkish trenches at Lone Pine, Australian troops charged at 5.30pm. Although they managed to capture the Turks’ forward trenches relatively quickly, the next four days saw relentless counterattacks involving fierce hand-to-hand combat,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“The attack was originally planned to lure Turkish reserves away from other parts of the Anzac area as part of the Allied August Offensive.

“Approximately 4,500 Australian troops were involved in the Battle of Lone Pine, with our forces suffering some 2,000 casualties.

“Today, 100 years on, a special commemorative service is being held at Lone Pine, at the graves of Australian soldiers,” Senator Ronaldson said.

Senator Ronaldson said it was important that all Australians carried on the legacy of the Anzacs and those who fought in the Battle of Lone Pine.

“We owe a great debt of gratitude to these men, their families and all those who have followed in their footsteps to serve our nation,” Senator Ronaldson said.

The Gallipoli commemorative service will take place at midnight AEST. Images of the event will be available on the DVA Flickr page.

Media enquiries:

Minister Ronaldson: Mark Lee 02 6277 7820 or 0408 547 381

Department of Veterans’ Affairs media: 02 6289 6313

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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