Tributes to the bravery of the Royal Hampshire Regiment at Gallipoli

Troops at Gallipoli
Troops at Gallipoli
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MANY young soldiers were recruited from Portsmouth and within months were landing on a swelteringly-hot beach 1,500 miles away.

So many of them did not make it through the fierce firing from the Turk machine gunners and, 100 years on, there is no-one to tell the daunting story.

But Lieutenant Colonel Colin Bulleid, of The Royal Hampshire Regiment Trust, is continuing the tradition of remembering the bravery of the men in the Hampshire Regiment.

An exhibition display at the Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum in Winchester shows the landing of the 2nd Battalion from the ‘River Clyde’ at Sulva Bay and objects from its 10-month occupation in the trenches.

Lt Col Bulleid said: ‘We have always celebrated the Battle of Gallipoli.

‘The 2nd Battalion landed on the peninsula on April 25.

Like any military campaign, had it come off it would have been a great success. But sadly on this occasion it was not

Lieutenant Colonel Colin Bulleid, The Royal Hampshire Regiment Trust

‘By August they were joined by the 8th Battalion and the 10th Battalion, so there were three Battalions at Gallipoli.

‘There were a number of gallantry awards throughout the campaign to Hampshire Regiment.

‘The Hampshire Regiment recruited heavily from Portsmouth.

‘It was a hard-fought battle.

‘The beaches of Gallipoli were extremely short, rising up to quite high cliffs.

‘The Turks were actually quite a tenacious foe.

‘Like any military campaign, had it come off it would have been a great success. But sadly on this occasion it was not.

‘It helped to form opinion and strategy for events later in the First World War.’

Today 50 people will attend a lunch in Winchester and 15 representatives of the Royal Hampshire Regiment, which became part of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment in 1992, will be attending services in London.

Meanwhile, scores of Australians will visit the Turkish peninsula to mark the 100th anniversary for their annual Anzac Day.

Gallipoli became a nation-defining moment for the two fledging Commonwealth countries of Australia and New Zealand.

Ten thousand men from Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzacs) died on their maiden military campaign, alongside more than 30,000 Britons.