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© AFP / An Australian soldier attends a dawn service in Villers-Bretonneux

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-04-25

Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has paid tribute to the soldiers of the Great War during an Anzac Day service in northern France, saying they had helped shape modern Australia.

A crowd of 5,000 gathered on Friday for the annual dawn service at the Australian National Memorial on the outskirts of Villers-Bretonneux, in the heart of the Somme valley, where Australian forces pulled off one of their greatest victories of the First World War.

More than 1,500 were killed or wounded in the battle, which began on the night of April 24, 1918, and ended the next day, known in Australia and New Zealand as Anzac Day.

Earlier on Friday, thousands of Australians and New Zealanders gathered in Canakkale, Turkey, to mark the 99th anniversary of the ill-fated landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) at Gallipoli in modern-day Turkey.

A defining symbol of courage and comradeship for both countries, the Gallipoli landing is traditionally commemorated throughout Australia and New Zealand on April 25,

This year, Britain's Prince William and wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, were surprise guests at a dawn service in the Australian capital, Canberra.

Date created : 2014-04-25

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