BEFORE THE DAWN: Thousands gather to honour our Anzacs

Australian Remembrance day poppies

Australian Remembrance day poppies. Community Anzac Day services and ceremonies on the Coast

Turkey's state-run news agency says a bus transporting New Zealanders to ANZAC Day ceremonies commemorating the 103rd anniversary of the World War I Gallipoli landings caught fire in northwestern Turkey.

For photos of the Anzac Day 2018 Laidley Dawn Service, see the gallery below.

The Gallipoli Commemorative services are conducted by Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and France and are held over two days, April 24 and 25.

Wreaths will be laid by the Mayor and representatives of Australia House and New Zealand House from London, ex-service organisations and expatriates living or working in Weymouth.

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Tauranga Brass Inc and the Tauranga Civic Choir provided the musical accompaniment to the service, while New Zealand Cadet Forces supplied the cenotaph guard.

"Some with a deep conviction that they were fighting for king and empire, some fighting for peace and justice, others were young lads who saw an opportunity for adventure - none could have foreseen the hell on the frontline and in the trenches".

Australians have paused at Dawn Services across the country this Anzac Day, to give thanks to those who've served our nation in battle. They were formed in Egypt and fought under overall British command.

Then at 12pm (with seating at 11.45am), at Westminster Abbey, there will be a Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving.

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