The Scots and ANZAC

ANZAC25 April is ANZAC Day, a national day of remembrance in both Australia and New Zealand. The ANZAC tradition goes back to the First World War, specifically Gallipoli, and originally commemorated the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. More recently it has become the central commemorative occasion in Australia and New Zealand that honours those who served and those who died in service.

Scottish traces have long since been visible among those honouring the fallen and those who served in the Australian or New Zealand military. The picture on the left, for example, shows a Highland band in a 1951 ANZAC Day parade in Australia, but there were also many Scottish regiments actively involved in the fighting. Scottish associations in Australia and New Zealand supported the establishment …