Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Soldiers' Roles in 1915 Campaigns Commemorated

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Soldiers' Roles in 1915 Campaigns Commemorated

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Byline: Brian Daniel Northumberland reporter

ABORDER town is marking the role of local soldiers in two First World War actions, exactly 100 years on.

Berwick in Northumberland is hosting events today and tomorrow to commemorate the role of local soldiers in the Gallipoli landings and the Battle of St Julien on April 25, 1915.

That date was the first day of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign, in which the 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers, which had its headquarters at Berwick Barracks, landed at Cape Helles.

On the same day, the local Territorial Army unit for north Northumberland, the 7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers took part in the Battle of St Julien, near Ypres on the Western Front.

A programme of displays, reenactments and talks has been organised to mark the anniversaries and to illustrate Berwick's contribution to the First World War at home and abroad.

This morning from 10.30am to 11.30am, Berwick Library is hosting a launch of a collection of poems by Thomas Grey, the town poet who was writing at the time of the First World War.

A book of his work has been published by his great-granddaughter Susan Brown, who will be reading some of the poems and taking about his life.

An exhibition in Berwick Town Hall explores aspects of war life in the community and on the front line, and the stories of local people during the First World War. Other displays include stands from the Cittaslow Berwick and the Woodhorn Trust First World War projects, and the North East War Memorials project.

There will also be opportunities to handle artefacts and find out about life in the army and the role of women volunteers.

Re-enactors from the Lowland Jocks, Time Bandits and Durham Pals will stage interactive living history scenes and demonstrations at the King's Own Scottish Borderers Museum and on the Barracks Square.

Admission to the Barracks Square for the event is free.

On both days, the Maltings Youth Theatre will stage three scenes based on records of the tribunals that heard the cases of men who were seeking exemption from military service on the grounds of doing work of national importance, business or domestic hardship, medical unfitness or conscientious objection. …

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