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UK marks Anzac Day with services

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (centre) holds a wreath at the Australian War Memorial
Image caption Some 10,000 Anzac servicemen died in the eight-month allied campaign in Gallipoli in World War I.

New Zealand's prime minister has taken part in UK services to mark Anzac Day, in memory of the New Zealanders and Australians who died at war.

The date marks the ill-fated landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915.

John Key laid a wreath at the Australian War Memorial at a dawn service in London's Hyde Park.

Events are also taking place at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and in Edinburgh.

The annual dawn ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Hyde Park was followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the New Zealand Memorial. The service was also attended by children from a school in Christchurch, New Zealand.

A wreath-laying service then took place at the Cenotaph in central London, attended by ex-servicemen. The High Commissioner for Australia, John Dauth was among the first to a lay wreath.

A commemorative service attended by more than 2,000 people then took place at Westminster Abbey, attended by Mr Key, Mr Dauth and the ambassador for Turkey.

During the services, reference was made to recent natural disasters Australia and New Zealand have suffered - floods in Western Australia and the Christchurch earthquake - and how the countries' continuing friendship was evident because they were the first to assist each other.

Schoolchildren from Perth, in Australia, sang during the service.

Further commemorative events are taking place in Salisbury, Peterborough, Chepstow, and Chilworth in Surrey and at the Dallachy Strike Wing memorial at Bogmoor, Morayshire.

More than 10,000 New Zealand and Australian servicemen died in the failed eight-month allied campaign in Gallipoli in World War I.

Anzac Day, which is marked across the world, also remembers personnel killed in subsequent conflicts.

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