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5 April 1916

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  • New Zealand Prime Minister William Ferguson Massey announces that a half-day holiday will be observed on 25 April, the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. Anzac Day Gazette notice 1916
  • The London Gazette publishes Sir John Nixon’s Mesopotamian despatch of 1 January 1916
  • British forces launch a third attempt to relieve besieged forces at Kut-al-Amara in Mesopotamia. Major-General Sir George Frederick Gorringe makes a surprise attack but the Turks hold fast, inflicting major casualties.
  • The successful evacuation of more than 260,000 Serbian troops, primarily to Corfu, is completed. In addition to the troops more than 10,150 horses and 68 guns are transported without a single loss. This constitutes the largest successful sea evacuation to date.