The landing of Australian and New Zealand forces on Gallipoli on 25th April 1915 was expected to strike a decisive blow which would knock Turkey out of the war and open the Dardanelles to allied shipping.

Unfortunately for the ANZACS landing on the pebbled beaches on the Aegean Sea, the Turkish defenders offered fierce resistance resulting in 26,111 Australian casualties, including 8,141 deaths. After eight months of fierce fighting, the Gallipoli Campaign came to an end with the successful eventuation of ANZAC troops between 19–20 December.

Now 107 years since the ANZAC landings on Gallipoli, the Dawn Service has continued to maintain its poignance for generations of Australian and New Zealand service personnel and the two nations as a whole.