ANZAC Day: 38 Australian Jews among the 9,000 who perished

April 19, 2015 by J-Wire
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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has sent a message to the country ahead of this year’s 100th anniversary of the tragic loss of lives at Gallipoli.

Sir John Monash...commander at Gallipoli

Sir John Monash…lead the Victorian Brigade at Gallipoli

Charles Aronson, the president of NAJEX, the National Association of Jewish Ex-servicemen and women told J-Wire: “At least 38 Jewish members of the Australian forces lost their lives at Gallipoli and I am sure there were more who remain unaccounted for.”

J-Wire is unsure as to how many Jewish New Zealanders perished during the ill-fated campaign but New Zealand Jewish Council president said: “There was one we are aware of but n records were kept and I believe that a conscript’s religion was not noted on the sign-up papers.”

In his message to the nation, Prime Minister Abbot said: “This week marks the centenary of the Australian landing at Anzac Cove.

On that day, some 750 were killed.

Nearly 9,000 would lose their lives at Gallipoli before the evacuation eight months later.  Over 61,000 would lose their lives during the Great War.

Our forebears faced terrible trials, but the worst of times brought out the very best in them.

Their perseverance, selflessness, courage and compassion came to define us as a nation.

So this week, around Australia and overseas, we will commemorate this anniversary.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Tomorrow, I will be in New Zealand for the dedication of the Australian National Memorial in Wellington.

This Memorial is a reminder of the deep ties between our two nations.

We are more than friends, we are family.

On Tuesday, I will travel to Turkey to join our Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli.

This Anzac Day, I hope all Australians will participate in the dawn services, marches and commemorations which will occur.

On Anzac Day, we remember all who served our country – in all conflicts and in all peace keeping operations.

In a century of service, we have lost 102,000 of our nation’s finest.

This week, I hope all Australians – young and old – in every town and suburb – will honour them and remember them.

Lest we forget.”

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will also travel to Gallipoli.


One Response to “ANZAC Day: 38 Australian Jews among the 9,000 who perished”
  1. Cody Flecker says:

    God Bless the Australian and New Zealand Armies for their great sacrifices in both World Wars.

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