Gallipoli Exhibition

A special exhibition opens tonight, Wednesday, at St Columb’s Cathedral, celebrating the contribution the city made to the ill-fated Gallipoli Campaign.

Curated by Ian Bartlet with assistance from local militoary historian Richard Doherty and graphic designer, Tim Webster, it includes many personal artefacts from city families, including the Wilsons and McSparrons. Among the treasured personal effects are Dead Man’s Pennies, dog tags, a Bible, war diary and war medals.

Robert Henry Wilson, a Private with the 1st Btn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, from Gordon Place in Londonderry.

Robert Henry Wilson, a Private with the 1st Btn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, from Gordon Place in Londonderry.

Staged in the Chapter House of the historic post-Reformation Cathedral, the exhibition is open to the public throughout the month of June.

The war medals of William George McSparron, from Straidarran.

The war medals of William George McSparron, from Straidarran.

Gallipoli Exhibition curator, Ian Bartlett, with a copy of the letter home to the family of Pte. W H Wilson, who died aged just 16.

Gallipoli Exhibition curator, Ian Bartlett, with a copy of the letter home to the family of Pte. W H Wilson, who died aged just 16.

Poignant memento:  Dog tags from the battle of Gallipoli.

Poignant memento: Dog tags from the battle of Gallipoli.