Events to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign in 2015 announced
Prime Minister David Cameron today announced UK Government plans to mark the centenary of the start of the Gallipoli Campaign on 24-25 April 2015.
Three key events will take place:
– A UK-led Commonwealth and Ireland ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Helles Memorial in Turkey on 24 April 2015, the eve of the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings
– A National Service of Commemoration at the Cenotaph in London on Anzac Day, 25 April 2015. This will be a high-profile UK-led event, with senior Government representation, arranged in co-operation with the Governments of Australia and New Zealand, who have held a ceremony there on that date for the last 98 years.
– An event at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, on 6 August 2015 centred on HMS M33, the last surviving ship from the campaign, which is currently being refurbished with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
Find out more about the centenary commemorations on the UK Government website.
Listen to men who took part in the Gallipoli Campaign talk about their experiences of it in Voices of the First World War Podcast 14.