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Guests from around the world attended a service in Dersingham at the weekend commemorating the losses of one of the most famous First World War campaigns.

More than 150 people attended the 14th annual Gallipoli and Dardanelles International service at St Nicholas’ Church last Saturday, which will be the last held in the village.

Annual Gallipoli Memorial Service at Dersingham Church.Borough Mayor Nick Daubney (centre) with other special guests at the service. (4187504)
Annual Gallipoli Memorial Service at Dersingham Church.Borough Mayor Nick Daubney (centre) with other special guests at the service. (4187504)

Among the congregation were borough mayor Nick Daubney, youngsters from the Scouting and Girlguiding associations, and representatives from France, Australia, Turkey and Canada.

Gallipoli and Dardanelles International president John Crowe said: “The service went very well. It is important that what happened in 1915 is remembered.”

The campaign lasted from February 1915 to January 1916 and aimed to keep open the Dardanelles Straits, a sea route to Russia, a British and French ally, and is broadly seen as a monumental failure by historians, with around half a million casualties on both sides.

Mr Crowe said the service saw 21 standards paraded and 16 wreaths laid.

Although this is the last year the service will be held in Dersingham, next year the Gallipoli service will be held at All Saints Church in Lynn on August 10, 2.30pm for 3pm.

To find out more about Gallipoli and Dardanelles International visit www.gdinternational.org.uk.



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