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One hundred years ago - 3,000 Irish lives were lost in Turkey

An Post has issued two limited edition stamps to commemorate those killed in the Gallipoli Landings.
Apr 23rd 2015, 4:03 PM 14,161 93

gallipoli stamp - 1 Source: An Post

AN POST HAS issued two commemorative stamps for those killed during the Gallipoli Landings of World War 1.

The campaign in Turkey was an attempt by the Allies in 1915 to gain control of the sea route to Russia. The event saw 3,000 Irish soldiers killed while serving for the British Army.

This Saturday will mark the centenary of the start of the campaign which lasted for more than 6 months.

The stamps were unveiled today at Collins Barracks in Dublin by the cast of the play ‘Pals – The Irish at Gallipoli’, which is currently being performed at the venue and will run until the end of the month.

The play looks back at the story of the 7th Battalion of the Royal Irish Fusiliers and their experience training before being deployed to the region.

gallipoli stamp - 2 The SS River Clyde that carried soldiers to Turkey Source: An Post

The two stamps are a 68c stamp that shows Irish soldiers in a trench at Gallipoli and a €1 that shows the SS River Clyde, which brought 2,000 of the 70,000 invasion force to Turkey.

The National Museum of Ireland has an ongoing exhibition, ‘Recovered Voices – Stories of the Irish at War 1914 – 1915’, running at Collins Barracks. It looks back on the more than 60,000 Irish who fought in the British Army during the First World War.

Read: 8 Irish characters who were changed forever by World War I

Also: Database of Irish who fought with Australians during WW1 goes online 

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