Dawn Service 25 April 2017
Commences at 0500hrs - Muster 0445hrs (See
of Main Road and Macquarie Road (See
Cenotaph in front of the RSL Club
(See Picture below)
available post Ceremony
Tickets should be pre-purchased at the
Significance of the Centenary for 1917/2017
2017 marks 101 years since the deployment of the original Anzac Forces to
the savageness of the French and Belgium battlefields, where casualties were
far greater than those from the Gallipoli peninsular. Here the AIF was
on active service until the end of the war on the 11th November 1918.
It was on these battlefields that the reputation of the Australian diggers
Their first major battle on
the Western Front was the battle of Fromelles fought on the 19th and 20th
July 1916. In 27 hours of incessant fighting the Australian battalions
of the 5th Division were used in an attempt to stop any diversion of the
German divisions to reinforce their other forces south on the Somme and sent
on a virtually impossible attempt to capture Fromelles.
Ordered to assault higher
fortified ground in daylight over open ground they suffered 5,533
causalities with 1,299 killed in action and 400 taken prisoner. Even
though this action is considered the most tragic event in Australia's
history, the battle was until recent years forgotten by the Australian
public. I was only in July 1988 that a memorial park was dedicated at
The Australian divisions
then went on to heighten their reputation; however that often sam them being
used as 'shock' attack troops.
During the First World War,
the five Australian divisions comprised less than 10 percent of the whole
British forces operating on the Western Front, yet their achievements were
immense. They captured more than 23 percent of all prisoners taken,
23.5 percent of the enemy guns and 21.5 percent of all of the ground wrested
from the Germans. It was said "The Australian soldiers did not win the
First World War, but without the Australians it would have been lost"
The human costs were
immense. A total of 313,814 men embarked from Australia including 6000 who
had been returned to Australia and discharged, only to re-enlist.
Australian casualties amounted to a staggering 65 percent, the majority
being suffered on the Western Front of France and Belgium where 179,537
Australians were killed or wounded.
Celebrations to commemorate
this event will be held across Australia.
Cardiff RSL Sub Branch will
hold its annual Dawn Service and it is anticipated that this may attract
larger crowds than has occurred in past years.
AAs on all other Anzac Day
Services, we wish to involve as many service and ex-service personnnel,
children and civilians of the local area as possible.
A small working group has
been assisting the Sub Branch committee to identify ways of making this
Anzac Day Service a special event that will do credit to our Sub Branch.
It is proposed to produce a
flyer which can be placed in the windows of Cardiff shops advertising the
The aim of this information
is to ensure that all of our members are aware of the arrangements for Anzac
Day so that they can participate in this historic occasion.
Significance of the Centenary.
The Federal Government,
through the Department of Veteran Affairs has made many grants available to
enhance the Centenary celebrations. This has included the provision of an
impressive book which has been made available to the Sub branch in
sufficient numbers to present to each school in our area.
Funding has also been
provided to assist in the construction of the ANZAC walk in Newcastle as
well as many other projects in our area.
People attending the
Service, particularly School students will be encouraged to wear the medals
of their deceased parents and grandparents on the right side of their chest.
We hope to encourage a
greater than normal participation of School children but this may be
difficult as Anzac Day falls on a Saturday.
The timings for our Cardiff
Sub Branch Dawn service will be:
Assemble for the March at the corner of Main Road and Macquarie Road
(see picture above)
March steps off and continues to the Cardiff RSL Memorial Club.
(see picture above)
The Dawn Service commences.
(see picture above)
expected that the Dawn service will take about 40-45 minutes
the number of Tribute Layers.
Breakfast will be served to those who have purchased tickets in the memorial
Serving of Breakfast will cease.
The preferred dress for our
dawn Service for all members is Jacket and Tie and large medals.
The draft programme is still
being finalized but will be similar to previous years. Planning is underway
to increase the involvement of School students in the Service to ensure the
significance of ANZAC Day continues. Some of these arrangements will depend
on the approval of the Department of Education.
The Working Group assisting
the Sub Branch Committee hopes to produce a limited number of booklets
containing a variety of topics and information to commemorate the
Centenary. If we are successful in producing this booklet it will be made
available to members and to as many members of the public that we can
to attend the Dawn Service
(2016 May be the last year that these services will be
The Sub Branch Committee
would like to encourage the attendance of members who have difficulty in
travelling to the service due to illness or a disability. All of our members
are asked to contact any member who may have problems and either volunteer
to help with transport, or speak to Syd or our committee members about the
possibility of the Sub Branch subsidizing a taxi fare on this occasion.
It is also proposed to
arrange with the Club to have a courtesy bus take members home from the Club
from about 8.30 am to 12 noon.
Newcastle Service at Civic Park
The Working Group has made
tentative arrangements to hire a bus to take members who would like to take
part in the Newcastle march or attend the Civic Park service. Although
there seemed to be a great deal of support for this proposal at the January
meeting, a firm commitment on numbers at the February meeting only produced
two names. Unless there is some significant turn around in numbers at the
March meeting this proposal will not continue.
required by the Cardiff Ladies Auxiliary.
Each year the members of the
ladies Auxiliary work hard to organize and serve the breakfast following the
Dawn Service. The number of volunteers is never enough and more help is
required. If any of our members or their family members are available to
help, their assistance would be gratefully received.
If you can help, please
contact Corinne Peters on 49545009 to offer your assistance and get details.
The Ladies Auxiliary will
also be fund raising by selling tickets in a raffle both before and on the
day. The cost of the raffle is $1.00 per ticket. The first prize is a
figurine of Simpson and his donkey and the second prize is a set of six
limited edition medallions. Both these prizes have included in them sands
from the beach of Gallipoli.
are encouraged to buy a ticket and support our hard working Ladies
Tickets for the breakfast
should be purchased prior to Anzac Day. Arrangements will be made for
serving 600 breakfasts and once this number has been reached no more will be
The cost will be $5.00 for
adults and $2.00 for children. One beer is included in the adult price.
Arrangements have been made with the RSL Club for the breakfast tickets to
be sold at the Club Counter after our April meeting.
Following the breakfast a
sausage sizzle will be conducted by the Cardiff Scouts as a fund raiser for
Free tickets for a limited
number of drinks will be made available to Sub-Branch members only on the
day by members of the Committee.
The Dawn service will
continue regardless of the weather. A separate plan for the layout has been
prepared to ensure that health and safety regulations are complied with.
A decision on the march will
depend on prevailing weather conditions on the day.
Syd Lynch JP
Ron Kennedy JP
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