Today, 25 April, is Anzac Day and the centenary of the start of the doomed Gallipoli offensive, when British, Australian, New Zealand and Irish troops attempted to force the Ottoman Empire out of WW1.

On 18 June this year it will be 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo. That means the troops who fought their way ashore at Gallipoli are closer to Wellington and Napoleon, to the Scots Greys and the Imperial Guard than they are to us.