Welcome to the Gallipoli Association
REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY: 9 NOVEMBER 2014 - The Association has again been invited to participate as one of the marching contingents in the Remembrance Day Parade in London. This is now a significant and memorable event in the Association’s calendar; our involvement highlights the significance of the Gallipoli campaign and more importantly recognises and remembers all those who took part in the campaign. We hope members will support this commemorative event by participating in the march. Members wishing to take part in the parade email Mr Foster Summerson - firstname.lastname@example.org – ASAP. Tickets will be allocated on a first come - first served basis.
FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE: WESTMINSTER ABBEY - The Association will again have a Memorial Plot in the Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey which will be open for the laying of crosses and other symbols of remembrance from Tuesday 4 November.
We encourage members to avail themselves of this unique opportunity to remember family and others who s...erved at Gallipoli. Crosses/emblems can also be laid in the plot in remembrance of those who went on to serve in other theatres, and for Gallipoli veterans who survived the war. The Association can also arrange to lay crosses (or a Star of David, Crescent Moon or Sikh Khanda) in the plot for members if required. Information on how to arrange this (and the suggested donation) can be obtained from Foster Summerson by email: email@example.com
Tickets for the Opening Service: This will take place on the Thursday, 6 November. If you wish to apply for a ticket, please also contact Foster.
The Gallipoli Association and its objectives
Numerous veterans' associations were formed in the years following the Great War (1914-1918) but surprisingly no national association existed to commemorate the Dardanelles-Gallipoli campaign of 1915-16 until 1969. On the initiative of Major Edgar Banner, a number of veterans established an informal group, meeting from time to time to exchange shared memories and if possible to recall not only their own experiences but also those of the units in which they served. Very soon they had started their own Association Journal, 'The Gallipolian' was initially cyclostyled but, as membership increased, it became a properly printed magazine published several times a year, in which articles of high historical, academic and literary merit appeared. Edited now by Foster Summerson, it is regarded as exemplary in its class.
Inevitably, time took its toll of the original membership, but their descendants, and many professional and enthusiastic amateur military historians, began to swell the Association's membership, contributing to the 'Gallipolian' a wealth of new aspects of that fascinating, inspirational, but ultimately tragic campaign.
In 1995, when it was clear that the remaining veterans deserved a fitting gesture in their lifetime and that national tribute to those who had gone before them was long overdue, the Association called for contributions to fund a lasting memorial in the crypt of St Paul's cathedral, unveiled by our Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in the presence of a great and distinguished congregation including what would be the last muster of the actual Gallipoli veterans. It is fitting that this memorial is mounted within a few paces of Lord Nelson's great tomb and close to that of the Duke of Wellington.
Today the Association works hard to achieve its aims, summarised below, and welcomes enquiries from members of the public who may have had relatives at Gallipoli.
The Association is a Registered Charity No.1155609.
Membership of the Association continues to grow and is worldwide. Strong links have been established with official and other interest groups concerned with the campaign, notably in those countries, such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France and Turkey, which participated significantly in the naval and land operations. The creation of this website in its new form will enable members to exchange information freely as well as to make enquiries concerning the participation of family members in this campaign.
|Gully Ravine, Cape Helles, July 1915
Visits to the old battlefields and the Dardanelles are run by the Association and Bursaries awarded to schools and colleges, enabling students to go there to study aspects of the campaign such as the deeds of former pupils of their school or college or members of their own families. Details are to be found in the 'Gallipolian' and on this site. Following these visits and the completion of their written reports, bursary winners are required to give presentations to an audience of their peers and of distinguished historians, and these have invariably attained a very high standard of research and delivery.
The Gallipoli Association's Charitable Objectives are:
To advance education for the public benefit by raising public awareness of the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915 and by encouraging and facilitating the study in the legacy and lessons of that Campaign, keeping alive the memory of the Campaign and ensuring that all who fought or served in it, and those who gave their lives, are not forgotten by applying such means as the Trustees deem fit.
|The Sphinx, Anzac in 2010
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