The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)
Grant to aid Gallipoli studies
A SIX-FIGURE lottery grant is to help children study the Gallipoli Campaign as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.
The £100,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant will help schools across the country unlock the secrets of one of the Great War’s bloodiest and most controversial campaigns.
The Gallipoli Campaign, fought to capture a peninsula guarding the Dardanelles Straits in modern- day Turkey, was seen by many as one of the Allies’ great disasters in the First World War.
Involving more than 500,000 Allied troops, including 410,000 British soldiers, it was carried out between April 1915 and January 1916.
As well as troops from Britain and Turkey, there were forces from France, Australia and New Zealand.
The fighting cost 58,000 Allied lives, with another 196,000 wounded or sick, and at least as many victims amongst the Turkish defenders.
The Gallipoli Centenary Education Project aims to discover more about the lives of the ordinary soldiers on both sides of the conflict, which was a failure despite its huge cost.
Funding has been secured by the Gallipoli Association, a voluntary organisation which works to keep alive the memory of the campaign and those who fought in it, and to encourage research and education on the subject.
The association and some members will contribute £35,000 to the project.
Due to the international scale of the campaign, the education project will involve schools and youngsters from all the combatant countries.
Children will research the roles of soldiers from their area, helped by local museums and regimental archive services.