New exhibition commemorates Gallipoli

Published Friday, 18th September 2015
Gallipoli exhibition
Members of the 6th Battalion in the trenches at Gallipoli

A new exhibition at Clifton Park Museum is marking 100 years since the Gallipoli campaign of World War I.

The exhibition focuses on the men of the 6th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment and their involvement in the attempt to capture the Gallipoli peninsula, Turkey in August 1915. The 6th Battalion were sent to help the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps who hadn’t been able to make an advance since April 1915.

Cllr David Roche, Advisory Cabinet Member with responsibility for Cultural Services, said: “Many people will have heard of the Gallipoli campaign and the role of soldiers from Australia and New Zealand – the ANZACs.

“But people may not be aware of the contribution made by many local men of the York and Lancaster Regiment - and the conditions they endured. 

“This display includes items such as personal accounts of the soldiers and their original diaries, enabling us to discover how they coped with the hardships of war and the struggles they had with food and water – mainly living on ‘bully’ beef and hard biscuits.”

Visitors to the Museum can also take in a new display, which examines what the monks of Roche Abbey would have eaten in medieval times. Why not call in and take a look – some of the friars’ tuck may surprise you!

Admission is free.