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April, 25. 2013.

Solymár – Hungary

The Australian Embassy in Budapest arranged to hire a courtesy bus to assist with transportation back-and-forth to Solymár to the Commonwealth War Cemetery for members of the Australian and New Zealand communities and as a former „Sheila” was honoured to take part at the ANZAC DAY Commemoration.

Ambassadors, official, military and diplomatic representatives from Australia, New Zealand, Hungary: Lt.Gen. Zoltán Orosz Ministry of Defence, Dr.Attila Tilki National Assembly, Mr. Péter Wintermantel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey: H.E. Hasan Kemal Gür,  Pakistan, Canada, United Kingdom, France and South Africa. laid their wreaths. The officiating Ministers were: Reverend Dr. Frank Hegedűs Anglican Chaplain, Budapest,  Reverend Canon Denis Moss Retired Anglican Chaplain and also a Rabbi was present at the Service.. The commemoration began with the National anthems of both sides performed by the Australian musicians from the Rossmoyne Senior High School, Perth, Western Australia. They are currently on an European concert tour and  they were at Solymár participating at the Service of the Australian and New Zealand servicemen who are buried here. With their presence for all the individuals at the Anzac Day commemoration made the service more memorable.

The Australian Ambassador to Hungary H.E. John Griffin invited the ambassadors and other attending the Ceremony to a refreshment at the Australian Ambassador’s Residence.  I belive the laid body’s souls at Solymár felt the love for them as strong as the day’s sun shined on us. At the Ambassador’s Residence the guests could spend some time to have a talk and enjoy the refreshments and the could not be inevitable without  the Aussie meat pie and the jolly good Anzac cookies.

ANZAC Day became a tradition and a Public Holiday in Australia. Time for mourning to the Australians and New Zealanders who have died in wars. It was established in April, 25. 1915, when Australian and New Zealand Army corps landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Those men whom served on the Gallipolo Peninsula created a legend, adding the word „ANZAC” to our vocabulary and creating the notion of the ANZAC spirit. In 1916 at the first year’s anniversary it was officially announced to be named „ANZAC DAY”. Since then, April, 25 is a day to remember of the HEROES who were reported “MISSING IN HUNGARY”, and  stopped for a minute to remember here at Solymár also of those Hungarians who died in all wars,  especially during the World War II.

In brief … Quote: “Since the human life is existing on our planet called earth, the World War II. was the bloodiest, deadliest war the world had ever seen. More than 48 million people died, many of them innocent  civilians. Twenty-one million militant persons died in the wars. More than 50 nations took part in the wars which change the world forever. All nations suffered enormous tremendous casualties. The Australian casualties from enemy action during the war were breathtaking, 27000 were killed and 23500 wounded. However when non-battle casualties are included these figures raise to 40000 killed an another 66500 wounded and a total of 12000 New Zealanders lost their lives. Almost one million Australians both men and women served in the second world War. The fought in campaigns in Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa. Also in South East Asia and other parts of the Pacific.The Australian mainland came under the direct attack for the first time as Japanese aircrafts bombed towns at North-West Australia and Japanese submarines  attacked the Sydney Harbour.

The Budapest’s Commonwealth War Cemetery contains 173 burials of the second world war. There are 13 Australian and 6 New Zealand servicemen buried in the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Solymár. All of them airmen who were brought in from sites all over from Hungary during the war. Three of these burials are unidentified. Many other parachuted safely to the ground, only to be catched and made them prisoners of war. Only 41% of bomber command air-crew survived, 45% were killed during the WORLD War II. Of those who joined the bomber command at the beginning of the war only 10% survived towards  the end of the war. These statistics are devastating and represents the sacrifice made by Australians and New Zealanders that effected our lives even to-day. All the allied war graves here at Solymár holds those airmen who were shot down over Hungary in 1944 and 1945. They served with the RAF and the RAAF squadron in strategic bombing incidence. The allied planes were sent over Hungary in 1944-45 to weaken the Nazi war effort, especially during the siege of Budapest, which was one of the most hard-fought battles of the war.”

During the commemoration time … there was put aside by remembering the Hungarian soldiers …  approximately 170000 Hungarian soldiers and  600000 civilians who died during World War II. and the many cities which were damaged and where the hardest hit took the capital, Budapest.

The war cemetery at Solymár is a solemn place were families can remember in national pride and gratitude all those who fought and died for freedom in the world.

Both videos were taken  during the ANZAC DAY Commemoration:  and

More to be continued … Chapter2. Australian and New Zealand Soldiers in Hungary, recall by Ms.Elisabeth Capelin and Chapter3.  introducing the Rossmoyne Senior High School  performing on the ANZAC DAY  at Solymár, Hungary 2013.

Update, snaps and video by Aggie Reiter

9 responses to this post.

  1. The above article is very interesting as I was at this cemetery on ANZAC Day in 2012 for the Commemorative Service and later took part in the kind hospitality of the Australian Ambassador Mr John Griffiths. My fathers remains have been laid to rest there along with the others in his crew. They flew their last mission in a Wellington bomber ME957 – 21-10-1944. I have been fortunate to have visited my father grave sight in August, 1967, and hope to do so again at least one more time. My fathers name was NA Stevens and he flew with DA Sandman, Yee Rolin, LG Robertson, and GA Palmer. If there is anyone that has any further information on this last mission or anything else pertaining to it, I woulsd love to hear about it

    • Dear Roslyn,
      First of all thank-you for your respond to my update, where I tried to show an overview of the commemoration on ANZAC Day at the Solymár War Cemetery. As you say, you were there last year (2012). I have also been there and here at you can go back to last year’s commemoration and see in the slide-show whether your in one of my snaps as well, or see familar names written on the grave stones.
      I am abolutely happy that my update reached Downunder and in same way hope to show other’s involved in some way or another to see, hear what was going on and how the Anzac Day momerial day took place in 2013 at Solymár – Hungary.
      … Regards from Budapest.

  2. Thank-you for sharing your thoughts 🙂

  3. I am abolutely happy that my update reached Downunder and in same way hope to show other’s involved in some way or another to see, hear what was going on and how the Anzac Day momerial day took place in 2013 at Solymár – Hungary. google

  4. Posted by Mark Gordon on 01/01/2017 at 00:52

    This blog has reached down under yet again. My mother’s uncle was GA Palmer, who was with Roslyn Devlin’s father in Wellington ME957. Both my mother and I have been fortunate to visit the cemetery (at different times), and also your beautiful city.

    Regards, Mark

    • Dear Mark … nice to hear you and your Mum visited the cemetery … surely come a long way and it was surely a blessing act to pay a trubite long went ahead relative. Thanks for sharing your feelings. Cheers Mate from Budapest 🙂

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