Unveiling of ship will mark battle centenary

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THE centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign will be marked with an event at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

Along with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the dockyard will mark 100 years since the major event in the First World War in which Britain tried to gain the Gallipoli peninsula, known now as Turkey.

In August next year, to mark the battle, the last surviving ship from the Gallipoli campaign will be unveiled.

HMS M33, a M29-class monitor, is being refurbished in the dockyard and will be complete to mark the centenary. The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £1.75m to have the ship refurbished so it can be open to the public for the first time.

Professor Dominic Tweddle, director general of the museum said: ‘HMS M33 is a small ship but has a big history. We are thrilled that Portsmouth and the museum will be centre stage during this very important centenary year.

‘Finally we’ll be able to share the story of her part in the Gallipoli campaign.’