I write this post on ANZAC Day, the day Australians and New Zealanders remember those who sacrificed their lives on the battle fields of war. The ANZACs were formed 101 years ago when they came together under the command of the British Empire to attack Turkey at Gallipoli. It was a complete failure and many thousands of young soldiers died on the beach surrounded by cliffs. Today we remember all our brave men and women who have, and will continue to, fight for freedom.
This is the WWII cemetery in Bourail, New Caledonia. About 2 hours drive from Noumea. It’s beautifully maintained and here lies the bodies of 246 sailors, airmen and soldiers – all but 7 are New Zealanders – plus the names of another 449 military service men and women whose graves are unknown, who died serving in the Pacific.