100 Years on: First Troops Embark For Gallipoli

18 October 2014

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Victor Dominello today led a ceremony in Sydney to mark 100 years since the first NSW troops who served in Gallipoli embarked for Albany, Western Australia on 18 October 1914.

See the below media release.

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On this day
20 May

1941 — German airborne forces began their invasion of CRETE. Allied forces out  numbered the Germans but were poorly equipped due to the rapid evacuation of Greece. Attacks were launched at Canea, Maleme, Retimo, and Heraklion

1943 — Japanese bombers attacked EXMOUTH, Western Australia

1993 — 1 RAR troops returned to Australia after peace-keeping duties in Somalia

2004 — The Australian Defence Force ceased the formal provision of security forces in TIMOR LESTE, handing responsibility to the country’s own Defence Force and Police