Turkish general makes history at Gallipoli lunch in King’s Lynn

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A retired Turkish brigadier highlighted the importance of communication during his talk at an annual lunch to mark the sacrifice by the men who fought in the First World War.

The Gallipoli and Dardanelles International Association welcomed Brigadier General Haldun Solmazturk to Lynn Town Hall on Friday last week.

The event is organised by the association’s president John Crowe, whose father Robert took part in the battle of Gallipoli alongside other men from the Sandringham estate.

The association aims to educate the public, particularly young people, about the lessons learned from the campaign. It aimed to bring about an early end to the war by attacking the Ottoman empire on the Gallipoli peninsular but this proved to be disastrous.

A total of 39 people, including the mayor of Hunstanton, Carol Bower, went along to the lunch in the town hall.

During the afternoon West Norfolk mayor Barry Ayres exchanged gifts with Mr Crowe and Brigaider Gen Solmazturk.

The Brigadier, who served with the Turkish army for 30 years including two tours at NATO, highlighted communication and friendship between nations using anecdotes from his past.

Mr Crowe said: “The lunch made a bit of history as this is the first time we have had a Turkish speaker.

“He was very well received and I was pleased with the lunch.”

The association will be holding a commemorative service to remember the fallen at St Nicholas Church, Dersingham, on September 20.