Remember 100th anniversary of Battle of Lone Pine

THE 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine fought during the Gallipoli Offensive will be remembered at the Nambour Museum on 8th August at 1pm.

President Clive Plater said the museum will acknowledge the battle with a service at the museum at 18 Mitchell St.

"This is the fifth consecutive year the museum has held a Remembrance Service, with each year commemorating a different battle or operation, and this year's is of interest in that it acknowledges a Gallipoli offensive that Australian servicemen won," he said.

The Battle was fought between Australian and Turkish forces during World War I between 6 and 10 August 1915.

Part of the Gallipoli Campaign, the battle was part of a diversionary attack to draw Turkish attention away from the main assaults and became known as the August Offensive.

The Australians, initially at brigade strength, managed to capture the main Ottoman trench line from the battalion that was defending the position in the first few hours of the fighting; however, the fighting continued for the next three days.

Finally, on 9 August the Turks called off any further attempts and by 10 August offensive action ceased, leaving the Australians in control of the position.

Publicity officer Jeanette Morrison said again this year leading up to the service, Sunshine Coast high school students took part in an essay writing competition to write a diary page by a nurse who would have treated the wounded from the Battle of Lone Pine.

"The winning entries will be read at the service and prizes presented to the students," she said.

Also taking part will be cadets from 207SQN Nambour, personnel from RSL Nambour, essay sponsors, and RAAFA Nambour also essay sponsors and guest speaker Mary Murray, former nursing sister and wife of former Maroochy Council Chairman the late Fred Murray."

Free admission, donations appreciated, afternoon tea is available.

Visiting historic military vehicles will be on display and the museum is open to 4pm. For more information, phone 5441 2083.


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