Wednesday, 28 April 2010


You may have noticed I didn't visit you over the weekend, I was really busy on Saturday looking after the grandchildren and then on Sunday MWM and I decided to have a ride on the East Lancs Railway to Bury for lunch.   As we came out of the station we were surprised to see lots of police about and lots of people lining the roads nearby.    We went into a nearby hostelry for lunch and asked the people who were in there what was going on, to be told there was going to be a marchpast for Gallipoli Sunday, of course it was 25th April, what a bonus.

Wellington (Bury) Barracks, home of the Lancashire Fusiliers is nearby, which is where the forces, past and present, were congregating ready for the marchpast.  At the main landings at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, six Victoria Crosses were awarded to 1st Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. This is sometimes referred to as 'the six VCs before breakfast'.

The landing in Gallipoli (at the infamous Helles landing) involved a brigade from the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division that had four territorial battalions from the regiment. The landings also involved the 1st Battalion.

A service of commemoration has been held in the regimental town, Bury in Lancashire every Gallipoli Sunday, the nearest Sunday to 25 April, since 1916. It has recently been decided that this commemoration will continue despite the death of the last survivor of the Lancashire Fusiliers who was present at Gallipoli. The Lancashire Fusiliers are now part of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, consequently the cap Hackles have changed colour from yellow to red and white.

Thankfully I had put the camera in my handbag and MWM was able to get some photographs, whilst I applauded the veterans, serving personnel and cadets that were marching.     I thought you may like  to see them.

God Bless them.


Shrinky said...

Yes, God bless them, indeed. Some of those faces are so young, aren't they? A lovely record of the day, thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

How cool this is and I love all the photos and learned something new today :) Excellent my friend :) Have a great Wednesday :)

Elaine said...

Yep...God Bless Them All. x

Dumdad said...

Yes, we must never forget the people who keep us free.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

this is a LOVELY post and i am so happy you did it!!!

thank you heros, every one!

smiles, bee

buffalodick said...

I remember reading once; "War doesn't solve anything"...A person with a lot more wisdom said, "On the contrary, it has solved every major issue since the world began"..Too bad, but too true.

Ron said...

Oh, what a GREAT day that sounded like!

I always enjoy hearing about your excursions because I always learn SO MUCH!

Great photos, m'dear!


Thank you! And have a wonderful Wednesday.


Valerie said...

I feel so proud of those brave young men and get quite emotional when I see them marching, our armed forces are the smartest in the world.

Daryl said...

Awesome .. and again Blogger was nice enough to let me post

aims said...

May we always remember those who gave so we could go about our lives today as we do.

Quilly said...

How cool that you ended up there accidentally. It was like fate wanted you to be able to celebrate the sacrifices that keep us free. Thank you for sharing this moment with us so we can all remember that our freedoms are costly.

Linda said...

And this is why a good blogger never goes out without camera in tow!

I think you were meant to be there as this couldn't have been more "right place, right time" if you had planned it!

God bless them and those who keep their memory alive!

Mimi Lenox said...

Inspiring!!! Thank you for sharing. I love it when you whip that camera out of your purse. You know we're waiting to see the world through your eyes.

I am blessed to be a viewer here.

Travis said...

Thank you for this! I meant to write an essay to commemorate the landings, but I just wasn't able to get enough research time set aside. And of course the one thing I cannot do is a half-a$$ed essay.

Anonymous said...

Nice blog you got here... Just droppin' by to say hi!

Akelamalu said...

Yes some of the cadets were very young Shrinky and it was lovely to see them marching with the veterans. :)

Glad you enjoyed it Thom :)

Yes Indeed Laney x

Quite right Dumdad :)

I'm so glad I had my camera with me Bee and I'm so pleased you enjoyed it. x

Sad but true Buff

I so enjoy bringing local happenings to you and other readers far from the UK Ron and I'm happy you enjoy them. x

I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat whilst watching them Valerie.

Cheers Daryl and I hope Blogger continues to be kind to you. ;)

Definitely Aims

That's exactly what I thought Quilly - Fate!

Yes indeed Linda a good blogger always has a camera handy!

The service men/women marching were truly inspirational Mimi. I'm pleased you enjoyed it.

Glad to oblige Trav :)

Thanks for dropping by tagskie

Dave said...

Cannot but help to feel the proud spirit of this event. Thank you

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