Gallipoli Oak author to host commemorative talk at The Fusilier Museum


Martin Purdy an academic historian and co-writer of The Gallipoli Oak will be hosting the first commemorative talk of the year at The Fusilier Museum during Gallipoli weekend.

Martin will be signing copies of his book as well as providing visitors with a valuable insight into the story of Gallipoli on Saturday 26th April at 10.30am. The Gallipoli Oak tells the incredible story of the Lancashire oak tree, the teenager (Second Lieutenant Eric Duckworth) whose loss inspired a family to make the long pilgrimage to Turkey to plant the tree. Nearly 100 years later the same tree continues to grow amongst the olive grows and pays tribute to the many soldiers from East Lancashire who lost their lives in the battle of Gallipoli.

Helen Smith, General Manager said “It’s a great honour to welcome Martin to the museum as part of our Gallipoli commemorations and we’re all looking forward to hearing about Gallipoli as well as how the book was put together. We are currently working on an exciting exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the ill-fated Gallipoli landings in which the Lancashire Fusiliers famously won “Six VC’s before breakfast”. We hope to have all six medals on display in the exhibition which is due to open in April 2015”.

The Gallipoli Commemorative Talk is the first event in a programme of regimental weekends throughout the year. Visitors will learn what the experts have to say about military history which is then followed by a family history master class where the team at the museum will be on hand to offer advice and answer any queries in relation to undertaking any family research. There will also be the opportunity for members of the public to drop in and speak to the team about specific objects in a military roadshow.

Entry to the Gallipoli Commemorative Talk is FREE.

The Fusilier Museum in Bury, Lancashire, is home to the collections of XX The Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Documenting over 300 years of history and heritage through permanent and temporary exhibitions, the Museum tells the rich and fascinating stories of the people who have served and continue to service in the Regiments.



The museum is currently undergoing a £1.4m re-development of the first floor which will include the development of new learning facilities and events spaces as well as providing improved collections storage and exhibitions.


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