Image: The Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett with Councillor Paul Porter, Chairman of Leisure, Finny O’Sullivan, whose father fought at Gallipoli, and Rosemary Bunting, Chairman of Lisburn Historical Society at the opening of the Gallipoli display in the Museum.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Gallipoli campaign during World War I, on the 25 April 1915 the Mayor, Councillor, Thomas Beckett and other members of Council attended a viewing of Lisburn Museum’s new display about the local soldiers involved. Almost 50 men from Lisburn and district were killed on the Gallipoli Peninsula, with at least 100 having taken part in the disastrous campaign.

Speaking at the event Councillor Paul Porter, Chairman of the Council’s Leisure and Community Development Committee, said ‘Gallipoli was one of the great military tragedies of the First World War, a sad failure that cost the lives of too many young servicemen. At this time, the 100th Anniversary, it is especially important to remember their loss, and the courageous part Lisburn men played in the campaign.’

The museum’s Gallipoli display is a new feature of its ‘Lisburn, 1912-1914’ exhibition. It is open to the public with free admission Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.00pm.