After seeing the poppies at the Tower of London in November 2014, I didn’t expect to see anything quite as moving for a long time. Then I went on holiday to New Zealand and Australia, and visited some of their war memorials. I took these photos at the Australian National War Memorial in Canberra in December 2014.
Poppies had been placed between the panels on the Roll of Honour for the First World War, as tributes to fallen soldiers.
This month holds special significance in Australia, as 25 April 2015 marks the centenary of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landing on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey.
The Gallipoli campaign lasted for eight months, and more than 8,000 Australian soldiers were killed.
Even after such bloodshed in 1914-18, our world wasn’t smart enough to stop wars. The Canberra memorial commemorates Australian military service in later conflicts too, as you can see from the place-names engraved on the stone walls.
I will post my photos from New Zealand tomorrow.