This service commemorates the Armistice of Mudros. Coming into effect at noon on 31 October 1918, this armistice signalled the end of the First World War in the Middle East.
The Armistice was signed by British Admiral Arthur Calthorpe and representatives of the Ottoman Empire. The signing took place aboard the Royal Navy warship HMS Agamemnon while anchored in Mudros Bay, Lemnos.
Lemnos played an important role during the First World War. Only 50 kilometres from the Dardanelles, it operated as an advance base during the Gallipoli campaign. Wounded soldiers were evacuated there for medical treatment. Over 200 Australian and New Zealand troops are buried in a cemetery in the town of Mudros.
Reviewed 10 June 2021