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Gallipoli dead remembered on 102nd anniversary of WWI battle

  • People visit the Anzac Commemorative Site, North Beach, hours before the Dawn Service in Gallipoli, Turkey, Monday, April 24, 2017. Anzac Cove is a small strip of beach on the Gallipoli peninsula and the site of World War I landing of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on April, 25, 1915. As dawn will break Tuesday, families of soldiers, leaders and visitors will gather near former battlefields, honouring thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the Gallipoli campaign of World War I on the 102nd anniversary of the ill-fated British-led invasion.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

    People visit the Anzac Commemorative Site, North Beach, hours before the Dawn Service in Gallipoli, Turkey, Monday, April 24, 2017. Anzac Cove is a small strip of beach on the Gallipoli peninsula and the site of World War I landing of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on April, 25, 1915. As dawn will break Tuesday, families of soldiers, leaders and visitors will gather near former battlefields, honouring thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the Gallipoli campaign of World War I on the 102nd anniversary of the ill-fated British-led invasion.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)  (The Associated Press)

  • People visit the Anzac Commemorative Site, at the Anzac Cove beach in Gallipoli peninsula, hours before the Dawn Service in Gallipoli, Turkey, Monday, April 24, 2017. Anzac Cove is a small strip of beach on the Gallipoli peninsula and the site of World War I landing of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on April, 25, 1915. As dawn will break Tuesday, families of soldiers, leaders and visitors will gather near former battlefields, honouring thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the Gallipoli campaign of World War I on the 102nd anniversary of the ill-fated British-led invasion.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

    People visit the Anzac Commemorative Site, at the Anzac Cove beach in Gallipoli peninsula, hours before the Dawn Service in Gallipoli, Turkey, Monday, April 24, 2017. Anzac Cove is a small strip of beach on the Gallipoli peninsula and the site of World War I landing of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on April, 25, 1915. As dawn will break Tuesday, families of soldiers, leaders and visitors will gather near former battlefields, honouring thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the Gallipoli campaign of World War I on the 102nd anniversary of the ill-fated British-led invasion.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)  (The Associated Press)

  • People visit the Anzac Cove beach in Gallipoli peninsula, hours before the Dawn Service in Gallipoli, Turkey, Monday, April 24, 2017. Anzac Cove is a small strip of beach on the Gallipoli peninsula and the site of World War I landing of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on April, 25, 1915. As dawn will break Tuesday, families of soldiers, leaders and visitors will gather near former battlefields, honouring thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the Gallipoli campaign of World War I on the 102nd anniversary of the ill-fated British-led invasion.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

    People visit the Anzac Cove beach in Gallipoli peninsula, hours before the Dawn Service in Gallipoli, Turkey, Monday, April 24, 2017. Anzac Cove is a small strip of beach on the Gallipoli peninsula and the site of World War I landing of the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on April, 25, 1915. As dawn will break Tuesday, families of soldiers, leaders and visitors will gather near former battlefields, honouring thousands of Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the Gallipoli campaign of World War I on the 102nd anniversary of the ill-fated British-led invasion.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)  (The Associated Press)

Australia's foreign minister and New Zealand's justice minister have joined hundreds of people on the site of the battlefields of the World War I Battle of Gallipoli to remember those who were killed on the 102nd anniversary of the start of the ill-fated campaign.

The solemn ceremony kicked off at dawn Tuesday under tight security following a series of attacks and bombings that have plagued Turkey.

On April 25, 1915, troops from Australia and New Zealand first landed at dawn on the Gallipoli peninsula under British command in an unsuccessful attempt to take the Ottoman Empire out of the war.

More than 44,000 Allied soldiers were killed in the battle. Turkish casualties were estimated at 250,000.

The battle helped forge Australia and New Zealand's national identities.