The Gallipoli campaign took place during World War One, from February 1915 to January 1916. Allied troops took on the Ottoman Empire in their territory and terrible losses were incurred on both sides, with estimates as high as around half a million in total. The invasion force withdrew and it was considered to have been a costly defeat.

 Forces from Australia and New Zealand arrived in Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 – a date that would later become the key point for commemoration in the countries. More than 8,500 Australians lost their lives in the conflict, and more than 2,500 New Zealanders.

 Poor conditions, as well as a failure of strategy, contributed to the challenges and casualties faced. Intense heat, flies and a lack of water were among the difficulties – and disease struck great numbers of men in the trenches. Dysentery, typhoid and other diseases were hard to contain.

 The ANZAC moniker is an acronym for the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, and while many of the troops were from the two countries, there were also personnel from Britain, India and beyond.

 Scottish soldiers served alongside men from various corners of the globe in the Gallipoli campaign and elsewhere. The King’s Own Scottish Borderers and the Royal Scots suffered heavy casualties there. The Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force were all involved in the campaign.

 Legion Scotland is hosting a virtual ANZAC Day service on the Legion Scotland Facebook page at 0500 25 April 2021. Last year’s virtual service reached over 110,000 people.

 Footage that will be used in the broadcast has been filmed at a number of different locations while keeping within current Coronavirus restrictions – the City Chambers in Edinburgh, The Scottish National War Memorial, George Square in Glasgow and Comely Bank Cemetery in Edinburgh, which has 16 ANZAC casualties from Australia and New Zealand.

 Visit to attend the virtual service.