First Anzac on the beach honoured at Friday Dawn Service

"TO ME was given the extreme honour of being actually the first man to put ashore on the peninsula."

It is unlikely Lieutenant Duncan Chapman knew the legacy he would leave behind when he stepped out of a ship's lifeboat overflowing with Australian soldiers and waded onto a Turkish beach.

The Maryborough man was the first Anzac to set foot on Gallipoli in the First World War.

He enlisted in Brisbane on August 21, 1914 and was among a fleet of soldiers who arrived off-shore at the northern end of what would become Anzac Cove late on April 24, 1915.

At 3am on April 25, he and 1500 other soldiers climbed into 36 boats and started rowing towards the beach.

Jumping from the bow of the first boat that touched the shore, he made Australian history.

On Friday, his home town will celebrate that bravery by unveiling a statue of Major Chapman in Queens Park during a Dawn Service.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and 250 passengers from the Anzac troop train re-enactment will attend the service that starts at 4am.

- APN NEWSDESK


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