Mansfield locals commemorating the Anzac legend in Gallipoli

AS THE BOYS SAW IT: Add viewing stands and the dawn darkness and this will be the view of Anzac Cove from the water on April 25 this year. PHOTO courtesy of Terry Wall

AT dawn on Anzac Day this year, the 100th since the Australian and New Zealand forces landed at Anzac Cove, Mansfield will be represented both on and off the cove.

In the stands on land will be three Mansfield residents.

Meanwhile, anchored 1000 metres off the shore will be Frank and Tess Johnson of Merrijig and the Leggett family, Matt, partner Deb and his children Caitlyn and Daniel.

Like the young men in 1915, the two parties will be viewing the heights of Gallipoli coming out of the darkness in the eerie light of dawn.

Unlike those men though, there will be no shell bursts above, nor rifles shooting at them, nor the bodies of their mates laying dead in front of them.

The Leggett party will start their journey where the soldiers started theirs, at Albany, WA.

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