The Fusiliers Museum, Bury

gallipoli

I’d wanted to visit the Fusiliers Museum at Bury before I gave my Ted Hughes paper last month. This is because Ted’s father had served with the 1st/5th Lancashire Fusiliers at Gallipoli, and later in France. The regiment was based in Bury, which was William Hughes’s home town.

I didn’t manage it then, but finally got to Bury yesterday. the museum is well worth seeing, with a good display about Gallipoli, including a short film and the painting above. The original is very large, and shows the landing of the 1st Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers landing at Gallipoli on 25th April, 1915. It is by Charles Dixon (1872-1934), a well-known painter of maritime subjects, here lending his talents to the war effort. He was not at Gallipoli, so far as I can make out, but would have based his picture on first-hand accounts, presumably.

Click the image above to see a larger version.

A good book on the subject of the lancashire Fusiliers and their experiences at Gallipoli is Geoffrey Moorhouse, Hell’s Foundations: A Town, its Myths and Gallipoli (1992)

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2 Comments

  1. Posted July 20, 2017 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this – would love to go to Bury to see it. My grandfather fought at Gallipoli and in France too.

  2. Stephen Paradis
    Posted July 21, 2017 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    This is a detail from L’Enfer by Georges Leroux. It was the double spread starting page of “Life” magazine’s 50th anniversary series on the Great War. 50 years later, it’s still a hammer blow.
    “Leroux belonged to a camouflage unit and served in northern France and Belgium. He told how on returning from a reconnaissance mission he had seen “a group of French soldiers taking shelter in a great shell-hole full of water” and how he later painted the picture from a sketch made that same evening.”


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