WORLD WAR ONE CENTENARY
TISBURY AND THE GREAT WAR
April was dominated by the landings at Gallipoli on 25 April. The English struggled to get ashore at Helles on the toe of this long peninsular in fighting so fierce that the Lancashire Regiment won five VCs before breakfast and the Royal Navy the same number by teatime. The Australians and New Zealanders stormed ashore beneath cliffs on what was to become known as ANZAC Bay. Little progress inland was made and the allies spent nine months just clinging to their beach head.
TUESDAY 14 APRIL
SATURDAY 25 APRIL
The anniversary of the allied landings at Gallipoli, a Concert, beginning at 7 pm, will be held in St John's Church to celebrate St George's Day and commemorate Gallipoli. This will include a number of readings associated with Gallipoli.
SATURDAY 6 JUNE
At 7.30 pm, the much acclaimed film 'Gallipoli' will be shown in the Victoria Hall. This focuses on the battle during which two Tisbury men lost their lives.
'Heirs to Achilles'
POEMS FOR APRIL
Two days before the Gallipoli landings, Rupert Brooke, part of the Royal Naval Division, died from blood poisoning and was buried on Skyros. With him died the innocent patriotic poetry of those untarnished by the horrific realities of war as represented in his most famous sonnet written in December 1914, after he had been in action in Belgium. By contrast Edward Thomas's epitaph, written in April 1915, shows a poignancy of loss whose sadness centres on its simplicity.
If I should die, think only this of me:
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
In Memoriam (Easter 1915)
The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
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