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Published 27/04/2015 | 02:30

Britain’s Prince Harry, President Michael D Higgins, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prince Charles at a Gallipoli memorial in Turkey
Britain’s Prince Harry, President Michael D Higgins, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prince Charles at a Gallipoli memorial in Turkey

There was a nice photo of President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina during the President's visit last week to Istanbul and Gallipoli to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of Gallipoli on the coast of Turkey, one of many fiercely fought and tragic battles of World War I.

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The President was at the Turkish and other commemorations and visited the Australian war cemetery in Gallipoli. Thousands came from Australia and New Zealand for the events.

The Gallipoli campaign lasted from April to December, 1915, in a searing hot summer and freezing winter, and resulted in the deaths of 40,000 Allied soldiers and 80,000 Turkish troops, who defended their country from invasion.

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