The Anzac Legacy

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The Anzac Legacy
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Figure 1: The Location of the Battle of Leane's Trench at Gallipoli Figure 2: The Effect of Gallipoli Injuries on Facey

N.B. This essay is 987 words, excluding references, bibliography, footnotes and figure labels.

Each generation of Australians aims to leave a legacy of value to its descendants. One of the most significant bequests received from a past generation of Australians is the ANZAC spirit, which is recognised across the world. While it has been described in many ways (Anzac, 1996; Australia Through Time, 1997: 205; Clark, Hooper and Ferrier, 1988: 131; Hickey, 1995: 150; The Spirit of Anzac, 1999), all definitions refer to the qualities of courage, mateship, sacrifice and determination.

There were many instances of the ANZAC spirit in the Gallipoli Campaign, where the qualities were first identified. This battle was Australia's first experience of war on a large scale (Anzac, 1996; McKernan, 1984; Robson, 1969). The Australian and New Zealand soldiers demonstrated this ANZAC spirit throughout the Gallipoli Campaign, as they battled against daunting odds. Many of the soldiers who enlisted to fight for Australia were ordinary Australians responding to the patriotic call. One of these Australians was Albert Barnet Facey.

Facey was born in Victoria, moving to Western Australia when he was a child. He regarded himself as a very ordinary Australian, however his life journey, as is reported in his autobiography, travelled numerous paths (Facey, 1981). This work allows us to delve into the Gallipoli experience of the common soldier, and to perceive the ANZAC spirit in operation at this normally undocumented level.

Courage is a fundamental attribute of the ANZAC spirit. During the Gallipoli Campaign it was critical for survival. The soldiers faced numerous battles from the moment they landed at ANZAC Cove until they left Gallipoli. Facey was involved in the Battle for Leane's Trench, near Tasmania Post (See Figure...
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