ANZAC Cove

Aussie government capitulate over Lone Pine fiasco

The Aussie government have been forced into an embarrassing back down over their reluctance to continue with ceremonies at Lone Pine.

Outrage over a federal government decision to pull the pin on the Anzac Day Lone Pine service at Gallipoli has sparked a backdown.

A wreath-laying ceremony at Lone Pine will take place on the afternoon before Anzac Day this year.

Incoming Veterans’ Affairs Minister Dan Tehan announced the compromise on Sunday and says a formal service commemorating the Battle of Lone Pine will also be held in August.

“Holding the service on the appropriate anniversary gives it proper recognition and ensures the wider public has a greater understanding and acknowledgement of the importance of this battle,” Mr Tehan said in a statement.   Read more »

SBS has a no dickheads rule

This all happened when I was trapped on buses or flying, but it looks like SBS has a no dickheads rule after one of the journalists went feral on twitter against honouring ANZACs.

They’ve sacked him.

Respect for Australian audiences is paramount at SBS.

Late on Anzac Day, sports presenter Scott McIntyre made highly inappropriate and disrespectful comments via his twitter account which have caused his on-air position at SBS to become untenable.

Mr McIntyre’s actions have breached the SBS Code of Conduct and social media policy and as a result, SBS has taken decisive action to terminate Mr McIntyre’s position at SBS, with immediate effect.    Read more »

Observations of ANZAC Day at Gallipoli

Now I am back in Dubai after sitting for hours on buses and spending a day touring Istanbul I thought ‘d write a post about general observations of Turkey, Gallipoli and ANZAC day.

It must have been difficult managing the transit of more than 20,000 people plus all the support crews to ensure people were safe and secure for the centenary. Of course there are issues, but moving that many people down a single road more than 400kms from Istanbul would be a nightmare.

Fortunately it as all handled really well, except for the timings which became frustrating. But we all got there, and all got back so it worked. Why things became frustrating was basically due to wrong or lack of proper information.

For example in all literature it states that travel to and from Istanbul is about 5 and half hours. This is so wrong it became a standing joke. It would be that time in a car with no traffic or security check points.

On the 24th we were picked up at 0600 from the hotel and delivered to Taksim Square to the big bus…we waited there 1 hour. The first of many waits. As we drove to the Blue Mosque we actually drove past our hotel again…so the 1 hour wait was unnecessary and also the early rise.

At the Blue Mosque there were over 300 coaches and we waited there for two hours before moving off. So far we had spent more time waiting than driving. Everything was starting to have a classic army “hurry up and wait” look and feel.

We proceeded out of Istanbul and down the freeways on the peninsula, by this time the bus was rambunctious…with Kiwis and Aussie liberally sledging each other  with light hearted banter. We had a good bunch of people on our bus apart from one bag…but you always have one in every group.

The five and half hours was long since past.    Read more »

ANZAC Day – Gallipoli

https://youtu.be/KpgzuVuHg1U

Today Dad and I will be at the dawn ceremony at ANZAC Cove and then the service at Chunuk Bair.

I will have the medals of my great-grandfather Harry Crozier with me. It is 100 years since ANZAC troops set foot on the Gallipoli peninsula in that ill-fated campaign.

This has been on my bucket list forever…today will tick that off, and on the centenary as well.

It is special.    Read more »

The pilgrimage begins

Credit:  christchurchdailyphoto.co.nz

Credit: christchurchdailyphoto.co.nz

Dad and I flew from Dubai after spending a week with my brother and his family. It was good to see my niece again. The last time was 2013.

We flew up on an Emirates Boeing 777. Again we scored an upgrade. The flight was about four and half hours and was packed with Kiwis and Aussies. The first officer on the flight was an Aussie and I had a chat with him for an half an hour. He was jealous as all hell, his great father fought at Gallipoli and he wanted to go but missed out on the ballot.

We arrived in Istanbul, and the temperature drop from 30 plus degrees to just 11 degrees was a bit of a shock.    Read more »

Taking these back to where they were won

Harry Crozier's medals from Gallipoli campaign

Harry Crozier’s medals from Gallipoli campaign

This evening I am leaving with my father to go to Gallipoli. Mum and Dad were going to go and were booked to go more than two years ago. Mum of course contracted cancer and passed away, unable to ever go to Gallipoli. This will be an incredibly emotional trip for the both of us.

This has always been on my bucket list and to go for the centenary is an honour and a privilege.

We are stopping off in Dubai to visit my brother who lives there and then on to Istanbul and then to Gallipoli for the 100 year commemorations.

Yesterday I managed to pick up my great grandfather’s medal from that campaign. I spent some time with Harry’s son going over a lot of the memorabilia that he still has. It has been 30 years since I last saw him and I enjoyed my time yesterday afternoon with him. To have the medals sitting on the passenger seat on the drive home was special.

They are a little worse for wear and when we get back I will look at preserving them in a more appropriate manner. I will be looking for some ideas for presentation, but I think his service needs to be properly recognised and displayed rather than kept in a drawer. I am proud of the service record of our family. It should be displayed. It is the only real way to keep the memory alive.   Read more »

As predicted, the RSA lines up against John Key’s stupid flag referendum

I said a few weeks back that John Key was mad to die int eh ditch over the flag, to cash in his political capital for a flag.

People aren’t marching in the streets demanding a flag change. So why bother…all it is going to do is attract negative attention and damage his political capital.

Predictably the RSA has weighed in against the process and the change.

The RSA says the process involved in changing the flag is unnecessarily complicated and costly.

Over the next few weeks Parliament’s justice and electoral committee will consider the New Zealand Flag Referendums Bill, reporting back to Parliament by July 19.

RSA chief executive David Moger said the association would take its support for the country’s flag to the committee.

He said the RSA’s main concern was the process of the decision, which would cost around $26 million.   Read more »

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Photo Of The Day

New Zealand troops and the tank "Jumping Jennie" in a trench at Gommecourt Wood, France, on August 10, 1918. (Henry Armytage Sanders/National Library of New Zealand)

New Zealand troops and the tank “Jumping Jennie” in a trench at Gommecourt Wood, France, on August 10, 1918.
(Henry Armytage Sanders/National Library of New Zealand)

100-year Anniversary Of The Great War

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Gallipoli ballot research throws up some interesting researching

Crozier-casualty Form

Fairfax reports on people looking into war records to support their application to attend the Gallipoli centenary in 2015. I would love to go, but haven’t entered the ballot, even though my great-grandfather served and was wounded at Gallipoli.

Hundreds of New Zealanders have had applications for the Gallipoli ballot rejected – with some finding Grandad wasn’t the war hero they thought.

More than 260 disappointed applicants have had entries to the centenary celebrations in Turkey on April 25, 2015 invalidated by the Defence Force, with the military double-checking all personnel files with Archives New Zealand.

Entries were also rejected for being late, filled out by non-New Zealand citizens, and not containing enough information. Some desperate to get a spot at Anzac Cove tried to sneak in multiple entries.  Read more »