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Anzac Day marked at NI homestead

Troops landing at Anzac Cove in 1915
More than 100,000 soldiers died in the offensive

The bloodshed of the WWI Gallipoli campaign has been commemorated at a ceremony in Northern Ireland.

Ballance House, the birthplace of one of New Zealand's premiers, John Ballance, near Glenavy, was the location of an Anzac Day service.

On 25 April 1915, troops began the bloody fight for the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey.

More than 100,000 soldiers died - about 11,000 were Anzacs, but Irish and other troops also took part.

Many men from the Royal Irish Fusiliers - now the Royal Irish Regiment - were wounded or died during the unsuccessful attempt to open a second front in the Mediterranean.

About 200 people were expected to attend the remembrance event, organised by the Ulster-New Zealand Trust.

In Dublin, the Australian Embassy,held an Anzac Dawn Service at 0630 on Saturday at Grangegorman Military Cemetery.



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