Lithuanian Anzacs

Australians honour the Anzac soldiers who first showed their strength and fighting prowess on the shores of Gallipoli during the Great War.   The majority who enlisted in the Australian Infantry forces (AIF) were born in Australia and of British origin.  However, a number were born overseas but at the time were living in Australia when war broke out.   Men of the AIF came from many countries; almost 1000 were born in Russia, India 620, Denmark 459, France 169, Greece 48 and 36 men of Lithuanian origin. 

The Centenary of Anzac, 2014 - 2018 remembers not only the original Anzac’s who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front, but commemorate more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and women.  It encompasses all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians have been involved.   It is an opportunity to honour the service and sacrifice of all those who have worn the nation’s uniform.

Let us acknowledge those of Lithuanian decent who have contributed to Australia’s military history.  People of Lithuanian heritage have fought for Australia in all major wars, some enlisted some were conscripted.  Some have risen high up the ranks in the Navy and Army, all have made a mark on Lithuanian heritage in Australia and Australia’s history.  

Over the next four years as Australia remembers, I hope to gather information on the Lithuanian Anzacs.  I would welcome any information relating to their service, living or deceased.  I plan to contact as many living Lithuanian Anzacs as possible for information. Where possible the information gathered will be made available.  I currently have 124 men and women, spanning from WWI to present day, who constitute being an Lithuanian Anzac.

Please contact me with information.
riverhorse AT

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