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ANZAC Day – Lest we Forget All Heroes
Posted by Marketing on April 24, 2015


ANZAC was the name given to the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps soldiers who landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey early on the morning of 25 April 1915 during the First World War (1914-1918).

On ANZAC Day Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc. (SCC) staff, clients and families regularly pay respect to all our men and women who have fought, worked and died in all wars. We commemorate our fallen heroes, ground support and to honour our surviving veterans.

One unsung group of heroes, possibly least known of all Army services is the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps, which has given 100 years of dedicated work to caring for Australian servicemen in times of war and its aftermath.

The history of the Corps dates back to 1898 when a small nursing service was formed in Sydney. It consisted of one Lady Superintendent and twenty-four nurses. The first actual service of nurses was during the Boer War (1898-1903).

When the First World War broke out in 1914, the Australian Government raised the first Australian Imperial Force for overseas service. The nurses to staff the medical units, which formed an integral part of the AIF, were recruited from the Australian Army Nursing Service Reserve and from the civil nursing profession.

The first draft of Sisters in the Australian Army Nursing Services (AANS) left Australia in September 1914; and throughout the war, the Nursing Service served wherever Australian troops were sent, and numerous other countries besides these. Most also served in British hospitals in various theatres of war. They served in places such as Burma, India, The Persian Gulf, Egypt, Greece, Italy, France and England.

Acting under adverse conditions, these ladies proved themselves to be of amazing dedication, courage and spirit, and truly professional.

Tomorrow, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing in Gallipoli in 1915. ANZAC memorial services are being held across Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc.’s various sites, said Occupational Therapist Janelle Green.

“We are organising a number of ANZAC services on Friday 24th April. For example, residents from Joseph Cooke House can join a bus trip to attend a memorial service, organised by RSL Riverton.

“Residents at Jeremiah Donovan have been invited to attend a service at Lesmurdie Primary School, assisted by RSL Kalamunda. Services are also planned at Villa Pelletier and other sites,” outlined Janelle.

Residents at Foley Village are planning a sausage sizzle on ANZAC Day during their Centenary ANZAC Memorial on Saturday. On display will be a variety of residents’ memorabilia, including photos of soldiers, written articles, medals, soldier’s records, postcards sent during World War I and a copy of a letter of Buckingham Palace, handwritten and signed by the King. The service includes a reading of the Ode and ANZAC prayer, a moment’ silence and some ‘old fashioned’ background music among other activities.



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