Bury Times Report
glinted on the medals of veterans and those still serving
at the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers annual commemoration
of Gallipoli on Sunday.
The event saw
more than 300 people take part in the parade through
Bury town centre, including serving Fusiliers from Fifth
Fusiliers as well as Fusilier Cadets and Veterans.
however, there was additional pride and poignancy with
the unveiling of a new stone memorial in the Gallipoli
The day began
with a service at Bury Parish Church conducted by the
Rector of Bury, the Rev Julian Heaton.
service, Jerusalem was sung and, following The Last
Post, a minutes silence was observed.
taking part were Lt Col Tom Ruggle and Chief Warrant
Officer Matthew Colbeck of the Loyal Scots Canadian
Army Regiment affiliated with The Fusiliers.
Mr Ruggle said:
For us its a commemorations of the roots forged
in the First World War. Its a family
The new memorial
was officially unveiled by the Mayor of Bury, Cllr Jane
Black and representatives from the regiment in a special
The new addition
to the garden has been made from Portland stone to match
the existing Lutyen memorial which was designed by Sir
Edward Lutyen in 1922 to commemorate the Lancashire
Fusiliers killed in conflict.
The new sculpture
was designed and crafted by Paul Crabtree and Hannah
Sofaer of the Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust and
includes all 18 names of the Lancashire Fusiliers who
were awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World
project by The Fusilier Museum follows on from the successful
exhibition 18 for 18 which saw all 18 Victoria
Crosses reunited for the first time at the end of last
year. The initiative which has cost £18,000 has
been jointly funded by Bury Council and The Fusilier
Gorski, chairman of The Fusilier Museum, said: Following
the success of our 18 for 18 exhibition we wanted to
have a permanent landmark to commemorate the end of
World War 1 and the 18 Victoria Crosses won by Lancashire
stone memorial enables us all to recognise the sacrifices
they made as well as acknowledge the important roles
they played within the regiment and the war effort.
A huge thank you to Bury council for helping us make
this tribute a reality and to Paul and Hannah for their
work in the finished piece.
Denny, Regimental Secretary for the Royal Regiment of
Fusiliers said: Gallipoli is an important day
in our Regimental calendar, so once again we will pay
tribute to the fallen and recognise the ultimate sacrifice
they made as Lancashire Fusiliers.
the Regiment, Major General Paul Nanson CBE, took the