WW100 of Chunuk Bair to be commemorated all over the country

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Poppies at Chunuk Bair looking out to The Narrows. Image by Selwyn Manning.

Report by NewsroomPlus.com

Contributed by Amanda Carrington

The 100 year centenary of the battle of Chunuk Bair is being marked this weekend, with WW100 events being held around New Zealand.

The Wellington Infantry Battalion suffered extremely high losses in the Gallipoli August Offensive from August 6 to 10, 1915.

Members of the Maori Contingent gathering on the beach at Gallipoli. The Contingent arrived at Gallipoli on 3 July 1915, and was attached to the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade during the August Offensive. Image courtesy of Auckland War Memorial Museum – Tamaki Paenga Hira.

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington will hold official commemorations at 4pm tomorrow.

Wellington remembers the ANZAC contingent with a dawn service and light show at the city’s cenotaph. Also continuing on display is Sir Peter Jackson’s Great War Exhibition, located in the former Dominion Museum at Pukeahu.

The mass of people will likely also bring more queues to the Gallipoli The Scale of Our War exhibition at Te Papa.

The WW100 programme includes ceremonies around the country such as new published research, public events and theatre and exhibitions.

New Plymouth and Stratford, the home of Lt. Col William Malone, will host a charter parade by the 5/7 Battalion.

Auckland is commemorating the centenary at Auckland War Memorial Museum with a service and public programmes at 11am.

These programmes include interpretation by history curators, writers and poets and Massive Nui Ensemble theatre group and performances of WW1 songs written by Maori.

Nations across the world are hosting commemorative events at countries such as Turkey and Australia.

Australia will commemorate the August Offensive at Lone Pine on August 6 and the Turkish, who were part of the final battle at Chunuk Bair with the ANZACs, will be holding a ceremony on August 10.

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.

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