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Gallipoli pilgrimage May 2015

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The Manchester Regiment 1914-18 conducted its second Pilgrimage to Gallipoli in May 2015 (our first trip was in 2005). A small group in period uniform toured the battlefields for a week, visiting famous locations at Cape Helles, ANZAC COVE and Suvla Bay to marvel at stories of heroism, mismanagement and bad luck that typified the Allied experience. In particular we followed the story of A/Sgt William "Billy" Unsworth, a veteran of the Boer War, who landed at Suvla on the night of 6/7 August 1915 and lost his life on 21 August at Scimitar Hill.

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We were accompanied by Billy's Grandson Tony Gibbons, the first member of his family to have had the opportunity of making the long trip to the distant battlefield. Also with us was, Graham Walker, a close friend of Tony's and an ardent fund raiser and campaigner for the welfare of Veterans.

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