The centenary of the Lancashire Landing
on 'W' Beach Gallipoli 25 April 1915 was marked over the weekend 24-26 April, 2015, in Bury
one-time depot of the Lancashire Fusiliers.
Many former members of Euryalus’s ship’s company and
friends attended and marched in the commemorative parade.
One participant was Hugh Williams, son of Midshipman A.M.
Williams, of the fourth Euryalus.
He subsequently wrote a letter
to the Bury Times, which sums up the event.
I would like to say how very grateful I am to the kind people of Bury. May I use your columns to explain why?
My father was a 17 year-old midshipman on HMS Euryalus at Gallipoli and towed hundreds of Lancashire Fusiliers onto W beach
at the very start of the attack. He won the DSC for his part in that action but always said that he felt the soldiers of your
regiment deserved medals far more than him.
He died thirty years ago this year but, when fit and able, he would always come up to Bury each April 25th to march in your annual
parade. He felt very strongly that he was part of the impressive bond of friendship that exists between your regiment and HMS Euryalus.
So it was only right and natural that I should attend your centenary commemorations this year. I even brought nineteen other members of
my family to join in and we were all so very pleased, and felt very privileged, to have been part of such a special occasion.
I was particularly delighted, and honoured, to see a copy of the painting of that action (the original of which hangs in my old home)
displayed so close to your “6 VCs before breakfast” in the Fusilier Museum. Seeing that was extremely special, as you can imagine.
I have many happy memories of last weekend but there are two unbeatable ones: The first was the wonderful reception that you gave to us,
the representatives from the Euryalus, as we marched through the streets of your very special town. I felt so moved and so very proud of
my Dad when surrounded by that applause (for it was he that you were clapping, not me) and am so grateful to you all for that. I really
do want to stress how much that applause meant to all of us AND, my word, there were so many of you lining the streets. The applause just
went on and on – were there any of you left at home?
The other memory is of the fantastic welcome my family and I received both at the Premier Inn and when talking to people generally while
we were in Bury. You Lancastrians know just how to make visitors feel welcome and I say that as a man whose mother's family wears a white rose!
I both thank you from the bottom of my heart for last weekend and, because my father would have insisted that I add this too, I naturally
send you a Naval salute of gratitude and friendship!