Centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign
The Gallipoli Campaign is one of the key centenaries being marked by national ceremonial events as part of the First World War commemorations. More than 550,000 Allied troops participated, and it is right that we recognise the sacrifices made by people from so many countries during the Campaign to show our gratitude and respect. It is also right that we remember the bravery shown by the Turkish forces who also sustained significant losses.
There will be a service in London on Saturday 25 April 2015 at the Cenotaph on Whitehall followed by a march past led by military personnel. The High Commissions of Australia and New Zealand hold an event here each year. With their kind permission and collaboration, the event this year to mark the centenary is being led by the UK Government.
How to take part – general public
The service will start at 11am.There are two public viewing areas and space for wheelchair users. All areas will open at 8:00am and will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Public viewing areas:
- The Parliament Street pavement between King Charles Street and Great George Street at the Parliament Square end of Whitehall. Access will be from the junction of Parliament Square and Bridge Street
- The pavement on Whitehall from the junction of Whitehall and Downing Street northwards. Access will be through Whitehall Place. There may also be limited space around Parliament Square itself.
Space for wheelchair users:
- Disabled access is available on the west side of Parliament Street, close with the junction with King Charles Street. Access via Parliament Square/Bridge Street junction.
Video screens will show live coverage and Orders of Service will be distributed on the day. Photography is permitted although spectators are asked not to take photographs during the 2 minute silence.
Descendants of those who fought in the campaign will form a central part of the commemoration. Successful applicants to march or to view the event from the reserved descendant viewing area will be sent information about their attendance by 10 April. Their viewing area will be the pavement opposite the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Applications are now closed.
There will be a Commonwealth and Ireland Commemoration Service on Friday 24 April 2015 at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Cape Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. Due to the restricted nature of the site, this event is not open to members of the public.
Anzac Day commemorations
On 25 April each year, Australians and New Zealanders commemorate Anzac Day, in honour of the ANZACs who died during the landings at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles, and all those who subsequently fell in the First World War, and in all conflicts since. It is commemorated as a public holiday in both countries with memorial ceremonies in almost every town and city in both countries and at locations throughout the world where Australians and New Zealanders gather. It has expanded to commemorate all Australian and New Zealand fallen in military operations and peacekeeping arrangements.
On Saturday 25 April 2015, there will be 3 commemorative ceremonies in London: a Dawn Service at Hyde Park Corner, a service at The Cenotaph and a service at Westminster Abbey.