French Embassy honours Gallipoli fallen 100 years on
London, 28 April 2015
On 25 April 2015, the French Embassy in the United Kingdom took part in ceremonies in central London to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign in World War I. The French Ambassador to the UK, Sylvie Bermann, laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall at a ceremony attended by HM The Queen and Prime Minister David Cameron, whilst the French Embassy’s Defence Attaché, Rear-Admiral Henri Schricke, attended a service of remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral.
The French Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian, attended a dawn service that day at the Anzac commemorative site in Turkey alongside HRH The Prince of Wales and Prince Harry.
Seventy-nine thousand French troops fought alongside their British and Commonwealth comrades in the Gallipoli campaign, which began at dawn on 25 April 1915 and ended on 9 January 1916. Ten thousand French servicemen were killed in the course of the eight-month campaign, which cost tens of thousands of lives in total.
France was honoured to stand, once again, alongside its British and Anzac allies in commemorating this crucial moment in our nations’ history.