Remembrance Day marked in Newcastle

It’s been 99 years since the First World War ended.

About 1000 people attended a Remembrance Day ceremony at Civic Park in Newcastle on Saturday to mark the occasion.

Australia had a population of fewer than five million during Word War I.

Almost 417,000 Australian men enlisted. More than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 were wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner, according to the Australian War Memorial.

City of Newcastle RSL sub-branch president Ken Fayle said it was “supposed to be the war to end all wars”.

But the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis meant another world war was inevitable.

“Ever since World War II, there’s been some form of conflict and Australians have been there,” Mr Fayle said.

Those who served had carried the Anzac spirit.