11 Jan 2014

ANZAC role not being overlooked in WWI events in UK - RSA

6:12 am on 11 January 2014

The Returned & Services Association says reports in Britain the organisers of World War I commemorations will overlook the efforts of ANZAC troops have been overstated.

RSA president Don McIver says Britain has made very positive commitments to include New Zealand and Australia when the centenary of the war is marked this year.

Mr McIver says Britain also recognises New Zeland sent a tenth of its population of one million to World War I and had some of the worst losses in the Commonwealth.

The Telegraph newspaper reports the ANZAC role is being downplayed in favour of contributions from India, the Caribbean and West African nations, in a bid to win political and economic favour in multicultural Britain.