A new exhibition opening in Buckingham tells the story of local soldiers facing the battles at Gallipoli during world War One.
The Bucks Military Museum Trust and the Buckingham Heritage Trust present Gallipoli and The Royal Bucks Hussars, which opens on Tuesday, August 18, the day the regiment landed there.
The exhibition tells the story of the baptism of fire faced by the 1/1st Royal Bucks Hussars at Gallipoli a century ago, and can be seen at the Old Gaol, Buckingham.
The 1/1st Royal Bucks Hussars sailed for Egypt in March 1915 as part of the 2nd (South Midland) Mounted Division of the Territorial Force. Leaving the horses in Egypt, the regiment was sent to Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, landing on August 18, 1915.
Just three days later, on August 21, 1915, the brigade advanced across the ‘Salt Lake’ towards the Ottoman Turkish trenches on ‘Chocolate Hill’ and ‘Scimitar Hill’. Heavy casualties resulted in this first action by any Bucks Territorials overseas. The regiment remained on Gallipoli until November 1915.
The Gallipoli Campaign was one of the Allies great disasters in the war with more than 200,000 Allied casualties, with many deaths from disease.
The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday, 10am until 4pm.