World War I: Anniversaries

Department for Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 5th February 2015.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the centenary commemoration in (1) Turkey, and (2) the United Kingdom, of the Gallipoli landings.

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A UK-led Commonwealth and Ireland Ceremony will be held at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Helles Memorial in Turkey on 24 April 2015, the eve of the centenary of the Gallipoli landings. Due to the restricted nature of the site, this event will not be open to members of the public

There is traditionally an ANZAC Day Service and parade at the Cenotaph on Whitehall but in this centenary year the UK will lead a service on Saturday 25 April to remember all those who fought in the Gallipoli Campaign as well as to mark ANZAC Day. This will feature a commemorative service, the laying of wreaths by senior representatives of the nations involved in the campaign and a march-past the Cenotaph. Descendants of those that served during the campaign and wishing to attend from a reserved area or take part in the march-past can apply for free tickets on the website at the following link

An event is also being planned 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.

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