Remembering Gallipoli in WWI with art, music and stories
- Credit: Courtesy of Katherine Ives
Lauderdale House will be remembering the First World War Gallipoli campaign 107 years on.
Commemorating Gallipoli: Art Music and Stories takes place at the Highgate arts centre on June 7 with historian Peter Hart, who has interviewed many veterans of the disastrous Allied campaign to capture the Turkish straights.
Hart will focus on the withdrawal of Allied troops from the Gallipoli peninsular after an 11 month battle that left 500,000 dead on both sides. Audiences will also hear songs by veterans William Denis Browne and FS "Cleg" Kelly, writing by AP Herbert, and see the artworks of Henry Valensi, (1883-1960) who served as war artist to the French General Gouraud.
Stories include the coincidence that Lauderdale House director Katherine Ives and vice-chair of the board Nick Peacey have ancestors who went over the top a few hundred yards apart at noon on June 4, 1915, in the third battle of Krithia.
Peacey's great uncle Denis Browne was mortally wounded within the first hour, while Ives' great-grandfather Fred Stear rallied troops at a critical moment and won the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.
Tickets are £12 in person and £5 on Zoom. Visit www.lauderdalehouse.org.uk/whats-on/commemorating-gallipoli