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Anzac Day Dawn Service - Centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux

Anzac Day Dawn Service - Centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux

Wednesday 25 April 2018 - From 01h30 to 09h30

Each year on 25 April, Australians and New Zealanders commemorate Anzac Day in remembrance of their servicemen and women who have served in various wars and peace keeping missions.

ANZAC, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps,  was formed during the First World War. These troops saw their baptism of fire in Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. They were then sent to the Western Front from 1916 where they fought with extreme courage and determination, especially in Villers-Bretonneux, when they helped stop the German Spring Offensive on 25 April 1918, three years to the day after Gallipoli.

A poignant Anzac Day Dawn Service is held every year at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux. 2018 holds particular importance as this year marks the centenary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux.



Ceremony times :

11:15 pm : Amiens train station shuttles commence
11.30 pm : Park and Ride facility opens
12.00 am : Site opens
2.00 am : Pre-programme begins
4.30 am : All visitors to be seated
5.30 am : Beginning of Dawn Service
8.30 am : Ceremony at the Villers-Bretonneux War Memorial (Villers-Bretonneux town centre)

Attendance passes are now available for Anzac Day Villers-Bretonneux. Please click here to register.
All visitors and tour operators to the Anzac Day commemorations at Villers-Bretonneux will require an attendance pass to gain entry to the Australian National Memorial and are required to carry identification with them.

Transport Arrangements

The road between Villers-Bretonneux, Corbie and Fouilloy will be closed between 2.00 pm on 24 April and 2.00 pm on 25 April 2018. 

Private vehicles and coaches
A Park and Ride facility will operate from the Géant supermarket carpark, Glisy from 11.30 pm on 24 April 2018 for visitors to progress through security screening and board an event shuttle to the commemoration. Individuals with accessibility requirements are also encouraged to utilise this facility. All coaches are required to use this service.

Individuals without transport: complimentary shuttle buses from Amiens station will be provided to transport passengers with no other transport to the park and ride facility. Last shuttle leaves from Amiens station at 3am.


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The Somme Departmental Council will provide tea and coffee in a marquee before, during and after the service.


Services on site

•  Temporary and accessible toilets plus wash basins.
•  Rescue services.
•  A limited number of drinks will be available before and during the ceremony.
•  Rubbish bins.
•  Seating for people with mobility disabilities are available. Please request seating by emailing overseascommmorations@dva.gov.au as quickly as possible as this is limited.

Please click here for more information

Useful information

The Australian National Memorial is exposed to the elements and it can be very cold at this time of year. We recommend you wear appropriate, warm and waterproof clothing and shoes.


Please download this leaflet for more information about the service and access.


Venue of event: 
Australian National Memorial
- Villers-Bretonneux