ANZAC memorial

SERVICE Standard bearers and Royal Marine Cadets stand to attention in front 11 graves of Australians who died in The Great War.  Picture: Bob Hind
SERVICE Standard bearers and Royal Marine Cadets stand to attention in front 11 graves of Australians who died in The Great War. Picture: Bob Hind

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TRIBUTES were paid in Portsmouth at the graves of 11 soldiers from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) who lost their lives in the First World War.

The service of remembrance was held in Milton Cemetery ahead of the annual Anzac Day tomorrow.

Royal Marine Cadets from Whale Island, immaculate as ever in their uniforms, stood guard during the service at the cemetery where there are memorial stones for 11 troops from Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania who travelled from the other side of the world to fight for Britain.

The service was attended by the standard bearers of the Royal British Legion and prayers were led by the Rev Ken Appleford, Deacon of St Mary’s Church, Portsea.

Among those paying their respects was the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Cheryl Buggy. The Last Post and Reveille was blown by Stephen Yoxon, director of music for the Victory Brass Band.

There will be another service of remembrance this Sunday at St Mary’s Church, Fratton Road, at 3pm, with music from the 60-strong Harwich band.