Thousands of people have commemorated Anzac Day at dawn services across the Murraylands and Mallee.
At Murray Bridge, where more than 1000 people gathered before 6am, the RSL’s David Laing told the story of Private Lancelot Hannaford, a bank manager from Tailem Bend who signed up with the Australian Imperial Force’s 10th Battalion in 1915.
“Before he departed Australia, Private Hannaford asked his mother ‘when I return home from the war, will you sing for me Amazing Grace?’,” Mr Laing said.
“Lance Hannaford was severely wounded in action at Gallipoli 102 years ago and died on the hospital ship Sudan on the 22nd of May, 1915 and was buried at sea.”
Though he never made it home, he was remembered as a children’s choir sang Amazing Grace, the song he had requested.
Murray Bridge’s dawn service
If you were otherwise occupied this morning, take a look back at Murray Bridge’s service in full in the video below.
Mannum students perform at Anzac Day breakfast
Here’s a snippet of the performance from students of the Mannum Community College at the Anzac Day breakfast at the Mannum RSL.