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Annual Reports 2014–15

Repatriation Commission
Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission
Department of Veterans' Affairs
Annual Reports
2014–15

This cover image uses the painting Soldiers disembarking at Anzac Cove 1915 by William Beckwith McInnes. The image depicts boats landing under fire, soldiers in the water, on the beach and climbing escarpment at Anzac Cove in 1915.

Cover Image: William Beckwith McInnes, Soldiers disembarking at Anzac Cove 1915. Australian War Memorial (AWM) ART 92417

In this annual report we reflect on a century of service. Today we look back to the battlefields of Gallipoli, the Western Front and the Middle East as the beginning of Australia’s military tradition. Even though much has changed since 1915, those who have served in the years since the landings in the Dardanelles continue to measure themselves against the original ANZACs.

Over more than a century of war and conflict Australians have fought in battles from the North Atlantic Ocean to the Coral Sea and participated in peacekeeping missions on every inhabited continent. The Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial testifies to what their service has cost, and the crowds that honour them on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day embody the nation’s gratitude.

Our feature stories explore the connection of DVA staff to the Anzac Centenary, underlining the commitment and respect we at DVA have for those who have served. We encourage you to reflect on the hundreds of thousands of Australians who have served their country over the past 100 years.

We encourage you to reflect on these connections drawn from adversity, which help to support and sustain Australia’s veteran population.

This title page image depicts members of the 11th Battalion (from Western Australia) are transported on the battleship HMS London from Lemnos towards the Gallipoli Peninsula. Astern steams an impressive line of ships, including HMS Queen (leading), HMS Triumph, HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Bacchante.

Members of the 11th Battalion (from Western Australia) are transported on the battleship HMS London from Lemnos towards the Gallipoli Peninsula. Astern steams an impressive line of ships, including HMS Queen (leading), HMS Triumph, HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Bacchante. (AWM A02465)

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Published by the Department of Veterans' Affairs, Canberra, 2015

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