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Yarroweyah pair chosen for Anzac centenary

Local resident Kevin Taylor has been selected among tens of thousands of hopefuls to attend the Gallipoli Anzac service next year.

ROB HENSON May 26, 2014 3:21am

Set for centenary: Chris and Kevin Taylor are set to travel to Turkey after being selected to attend the Gallipoli dawn service.

A full century after Sidney Taylor’s boat hit the shores of Gallipoli, grandson Kevin Taylor and great-grandson Chris will revisit the beach for the Anzac service.

The Yarroweyah resident entered the national ballot in November and in April was notified of his selection.

About 40000 people applied to travel to Turkey for the centenary of the Gallipoli conflict.

With about 10000 capacity at the commemorative site, the Taylors were chosen as among about 8000 fellow Australians and 2000 New Zealanders.

The Taylor family has a long history in serving in armed conflicts, with Kevin’s father also serving in the Navy in World War II.

Kevin himself joined the army as a Voluntary National Serviceman in October, 1968, serving in Vietnam.

‘‘We’re really excited,’’ Kevin said.

‘‘I’ve been thinking about (entering the ballot) the last 10 years, but haven’t had the finances to actually go, but this year we’ve just bitten the bullet.

‘‘Being selected spurs you on a bit, it motivated us to take it up.’’

Son Chris said he knew friends who had taken up the overseas Anzac experience and reported it was ‘‘really moving’’.

‘‘And with so few tickets available, to be able to go over with a family member is quite rare,’’ he said.

‘‘The (family) has a strong connection and there’s that connection to Australian identity, with Gallipoli seen as our first major involvement where we came together as a country.’’

While the planning or finances are not finalised, the pair will be based in Istanbul and dropped off near the beach on April 24.

There they will make an 8km walk through the historical national park, bound by the Aegean sea and steep terrain, and camp out overnight.

‘‘Everyone is on the lawn. The days are very long and the nights freezing cold,’’ Kevin said.

Then the dawn service will kick off about 5.30am, with a later service at Lone Pine at 10am.

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