Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Lucky Number Comes Up; Digger's Daughter Will Head to Gallipoli at the Age of 89

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Lucky Number Comes Up; Digger's Daughter Will Head to Gallipoli at the Age of 89

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

MARJORIE Cheek admits to crying after hearing the news she will take her place next year at the 100th commemoration of the Gallipoli landing at Anzac Cove in Turkey.

She is one of just 3000 Australians to successfully apply for a ticket to the service.

Each ticket allows the recipient and a partner to attend.

Marjorie's late father, Ers-kine Edward May, was a member of the 13th Battalion that landed at Anzac Cove on April 25, 1915 - the start of a bloody and prolonged battle that for many represents the forging of Australia's nationhood.

"I couldn't stop crying from happiness," Mrs Cheek said of her reaction to the news that she and husband Bob would be part of the service.

"I'll have to stay alive now. I'll be 89 when we go across.''

Mrs Cheek, who had been in poor health, said she was getting better and looking forward to the journey.

Recipients of invitations to take part in the 100th commemorative service will have to fund their own travel and accommodation arrangements. …

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