Irish and British soldiers remembered at Gallipoli
Published 24/04/2015 | 19:24
President Michael D Higgins and Britain's Prince Charles have paid tribute to the Irish and British soldiers who died 100 years ago storming the beaches at Gallipoli.
The pair were joined by joined by Prince Harry and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at "V" Beach, close to the tip of the Turkish Peninsula, at a cemetery which is half the size of a football pitch but contains the bodies of almost 700 men.
In late evening spring sunshine, with birds tweeting and the smell of spring flowers in the air, the poignant visit came as the culmination of a day of remembrance.
The calm, low-key visit to V Beach where Royal Dublin and Royal Munster Fusiliers led the way, and who were so badly caught in enemy fire that the sea turned red, was a contrast to the pomp of the international service joined by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Prime Ministers of New Zealand and Australia.
Lyn Edmonds, whose grandfather Private Benjamin Hurt was a Royal Dublin Fusilier who fought at Gallipoli, has tried to increase knowledge of Britain and Ireland's contribution to the campaign.
She was moved to see the efforts today to recognise the sacrifices made.
"I still think we have a long way to go to dispel a lot of the myths," she said.
"But to be here with the princes, on HMS Bulwark, with the First Sea Lord, is amazing, it feels unreal."