Wreath laying will recall VE Day - and Gallipoli

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Todmorden branch of the Royal British Legion are holding a wreath-laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance on Friday, May 8, at 11am, to commemorate VE Day - the moment 70 years ago when the war against the Nazis was won in Europe.

All are welcome to attend.

It is also marking the week in which, a hundred years ago, Todmorden’s Territorial Army battallion, the 1/6th Lancashire Fusiliers ,saw action at Gallipoli in some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War

Last August the newly formed Todmorden Pals recreated their march to muster at Rochdale, gaining regional television coverage in the process.

Since then the Pals have been invited on several ceremonial occasions at Lancashire Fusiliers events, including forming a guard of honour for a display of the six Victoria Crosses won before breakfast by Fusiliers at Gallipoli.

The 1/6th’s story is told in the book by Martin Purdy and Ian Dawson, The Gallipoli Oak, bringing to life the famous Saturday Night Soldiers, many of whom went on to die in vicious fighting around Krithia. Five Todmorden men won DCM medals in the campaign, and the 1/6th went on to see action on the Western Front