A series of commemorations held in Lemnos and Athens mark the 100th anniversary since Australian and New Zealand forces participated in World War I and the Gallipoli campaign that began in April 1915. In recognition of the crucial role played by the island of Lemnos during the war as a staging point and hospital station, services were held at the Commonwealth War Grave Cemeteries in the Lemnian villages of Moudros and Portianos between April 17 – 20, attended by military, government and community representatives of Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and others.

The Australian delegation was led by H.E. Ambassador John Griffin, and Chief of Navy Vice-Admiral Tim Barrett, while Australian Battle Tanker HMAS Success taking part in joint naval exercises with Greek Navy warship Kountouriotis as part of the official commemorations.

The first day of events in Lemnos included the unveiling by Ambassador of Canada Robert Peck of a memorial to fallen Canadian nurses in WWI, buried in Lemnos.


On the morning of Anzac Day, Saturday 25 April, at 11:00 am, a Memorial service will take place at the Phaleron Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Athens.