2015
Tuesday
April
21

Berwick Upon Tweed (UK) - Berwick soldiers involved in Gallipoli landings and the Battle of St Julien remembered

Berwick upon Tweed

A Border town is marking the role of local soldiers in two First World War actions exactly one hundred years on.

Berwick in Northumberland is hosting events on Saturday and Sunday to commemorate the role of local soldiers in the Gallipoli landings and the Battle of St Julien, on April 25, 1915.

That date was the first day of the ill-fated Gallipoli Campaign in which the 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers, which had its headquarters at Berwick Barracks, landed at Cape Helles.

On the same day, the local Territorial Army unit for north Northumberland, the 7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers took part in the Battle of St Julien, near Ypres on the Western Front.

A programme of displays, re-enactments and talks has been organised to mark the anniversaries and to illustrate Berwick's contribution to the First World War at home and abroad.

This morning from 10.30am to 11.30am, Berwick Library is hosting a launch of a collection of poems by Thomas Grey, the town poet who was writing at the time of the First World War.

Read full article on chroniclelive.co.uk