See ‘Six VCs before breakfast’ as The Fusilier Museum marks the Gallipoli 100 weekend

9 April 2015 | Kate Clements

Over the weekend of 24 – 26 April 2015 The Fusilier Museum, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the town of Bury will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign in a special weekend named ‘Gallipoli 100’.

Image © The Fusilier Museum

The Gallipoli landings took place on 25 April 1915 and resulted in significant losses for the Lancashire Fusiliers and the Bury community. Every year since then the people of Bury have paid tribute to those who lost their lives. The Lancashire Fusiliers were awarded six Victoria Crosses at Gallipoli, something which became known as ‘Six VCs before breakfast’. To mark this major anniversary, all six medals will be displayed together for the first time ever in a special commemorative exhibition called Six VCs before breakfast.

The weekend will also include a commemorative concert at Bury Parish Church on Saturday afternoon where the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Scotland will perform a new piece of music for the first time, written especially for Gallipoli 100 by Martin Ellerby. Gallipoli Sunday will see the people of Bury pay tribute with a church service and parade around the town.

Six VCs before breakfast – together for the first time in 100 years

The six Victoria Crosses famously earned ‘before breakfast’ by the Lancashire Fusiliers in the Gallipoli landings of 1915 have been brought together to feature in a new exhibition at The Fusilier Museum, Bury.

The medals will be on display in the museum from 25 April as part of a special commemorative exhibition entitled Six VCs before breakfast. The display will be the highlight of a special centenary programme of events to commemorate Gallipoli and it will be the first time ever in 100 years that all of the VCs have been on display in one place.

The exhibition opens as part of a weekend of events, Gallipoli 100, designed to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign. All six Victoria Crosses will be at The Fusilier Museum until 16 May 2015, after which replicas will replace the four medals being loaned to the museum. The main exhibition will run until summer next year.

Find out more about Gallipoli 100 and the Six VCs before breakfast exhibition on The Fusilier Museum website.