Soldiers gather in Northampton to honour the sacrifice of Australian and New Zealand servicemen

Wreathes were placed by several dignitaries during the service
Wreathes were placed by several dignitaries during the service
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A ceremony has been held in Northampton to mark the centenary of ANZAC Day and honour the brave soldiers and veterans of Australia and New Zealand.

The service at Towcester Road cemetery brought together community leaders, people from Northampton and representatives from British, Australian and New Zealand’s armed forces to commemorate the courage of those who died at Gallipoli, in modern day Turkey, in the First World War.

A lone cadet reads a gravestone as the ceremony takes place

A lone cadet reads a gravestone as the ceremony takes place

The cemetery is where nine ANZAC service personnel from Australia are buried.

David Parish MBE of the Northamptonshire branch of the Western Front Association, said: “On the 25th April 1915 Australian and New Zealand service personnel landed on the Gallipoli Peninsular. It was to be their baptism of fire in the First World War.

“By the end of the War, the ANZAC forces had seen action across the Middle East and France, suffering losses of 61,700. Twelve of these are buried locally.

“[As well as those at Towcester Road] also to be remembered are the three soldiers buried at cemeteries in Dallington, Daventry and Peterborough and the five airmen from Australia and New Zealand who died during the Second World War.”

It was to be their baptism of fire.

David Parish MBE, of the Western Front Association

Councillor David Mackintosh, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “I am proud that through our Community Covenant we are able to show our support for service personnel and the important contribution they have, and continue to make for our country.

“Working with a number of different organisations we have organised events that recognise the sacrifices made by British forces, and that of our allies. British forces have served side by side with the service personnel of Australia and New Zealand in conflicts or as peacekeepers, so it is only fitting that we mark ANZAC Day.”