The Autumn 2012 issue of The Gallipolian (No. 129) contain reports on the annual commemoration at the 29th Division Memorial at Stretton-on Dunsmore in March; the ANZAC/Gallipoli Day commemorations in London and elsewhere; and the Collingwood Memorial Parade in June. It will also give details of the timing of the Association’s 2012 AGM and Autumn Lunch, the Memorial Service at Dersingham to commemorate the 5th Norfolks who fell at Suvla Bay together with arrangements for the laying of crosses in the Association plot in the ‘Field of Remembrance’ in Westminster Abbey, and for participation in the ‘Remembrance Sunday Parade’. There is also information on plans for Battlefield Tours in 2013.
Among the other items are a short article entitled ‘An Original ANZAC’S Dinner’, which was held in 1939; a report on the award of the ‘Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur’ to Madame Madeleine Stocanne, the President of Le Association Nationale Pour le Souvenir Des Dardanelles et Fronts D’Orient (the French Gallipoli Association); and an account by Jean-Claude Lis of that Association of his visit to Gallipoli in 1984.
More substantive articles include ‘73 Years on – A Veteran Remembers’ describing the recollections of Harry A Robinson, 88th Field Ambulance, 29th Division‘; To Gallipoli with the Sappers of Southborough ‘– a history of a RE unit which includes a first-hand account of the Hythe disaster; and an account by our Chairman of the 1967 Pilgrimage to Gallipoli and the Reverend Kenneth Best who took part in the Pilgrimage. There is also an article about snipers at Gallipoli – One Careless Movement – Your Dead by Ken Wright and one about the life of ‘Bert’ Haines DCM whose adventurous life began in Windsor, where he was a member of the Fire Brigade, to Gallipoli with the Berkshire Yeomanry, and in 1920 to Harvard where he spent the next 30 or so years as a rowing coach. The series of articles on war memorials continues with the resiting of the Cairnryan Roll of Honour and news of a plaque to be erected in Boston, with the support of the Association, to commemorate the Gallipoli campaign. As usual there is also a selection of Book Reviews.
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