Cen­te­nary has ‘strength­ened his­toric bond’

Yorkshire Post - - ARMISTICE 100 -

COM­MEM­O­RAT­ING THE cen­te­nary of the Armistice to­gether has “strength­ened the bond” be­tween Bri­tain and Aus­tralia, the coun­try’s Min­is­ter for Vet­er­ans has said.

Some 331,000 Aus­tralians served over­seas dur­ing the First World War, the vast ma­jor­ity of whom fought on the West­ern Front along­side British sol­diers.

How­ever, of the more than 60,000 Aus­tralians who per­ished, only one re­turned home as an iden­ti­fied ca­su­alty.

The Aus­tralian Min­is­ter, Dar­ren Ch­ester, said the First World War had marked a “com­ing of age for a young na­tion” and the cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tions had “served to in­crease Aus­tralians’ un­der­stand­ing of the ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion we made”.

As part of events mark­ing 100 years since the end of the con­flict, a British un­known sol­dier has been laid to rest with two Aus­tralian com­rades at Tyne Cot Ceme­tery near Ypres.

On Novem­ber 11 each year thou­sands of peo­ple gather in Can­berra for the na­tional cer­e­mony of re­mem­brance.

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