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Irish and British soldiers remembered at Gallipoli

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Published 24/04/2015 | 19:24

Pictured is from left: HRH Prince Charles, President Michael D Higgins and HRH Prince Harry, President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign. Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography 2015
Pictured is from left: HRH Prince Charles, President Michael D Higgins and HRH Prince Harry, President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign. Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography 2015

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.

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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.

Pictured is from left: Sir Joe French, Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, HRH Prince Charles, President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Michael D Higgins and HRH Prince Harry at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign. Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography
Pictured is from left: Sir Joe French, Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, HRH Prince Charles, President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Michael D Higgins and HRH Prince Harry at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign. Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography
Pictured is President Michael D Higgins and HRH Prince Harry at the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign. Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photograph
Pictured is from left HRH Prince Charles, President Michael D Higgins and HRH Prince Harry, President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign. Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography
Pictured is President Michael D Higgins and HRH Prince Harry and President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign. Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography
Pictured is from left HRH Prince Charles, President Michael D Higgins and HRH Prince Harry and President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign. Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography
Pictured is from left HRH Prince Charles, President Michael D Higgins and HRH Prince Harry and President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign .Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography
Pictured is from left HRH Prince Charles, President Michael D Higgins and President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and HRH Prince Harry at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign. Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography
Pictured is HRH Prince Harry, President Michael D Higgins and President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign. Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography
Pictured is HRH Prince Harry, President Michael D Higgins, President of the Republic of Turkey H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and HRH Prince Charles at Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, at the Commonwealth and Ireland service to Commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign. Photo Chris Bellew /Fennell Photography
Irish President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina join other dignataries as they attend an international service of remembrance at the Abide memorial in Turkey during commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign during World War Photo: Tristan Fewings/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan take the salute as they attend an international service of remembrance at the Abide memorial in Turkey during commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign during World War I. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 24, 2015. See PA story MEMORIAL Gallipoli. Photo credit should read: Tristan Fewings/PA Wire

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."

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