Ipswich School marks centenary of Gallipoli campaign with exhibition

To mark the 100th anniversary of the ill-fated World War One Gallipoli campaign, sixth form students from Ipswich School have researched and produced an exhibition about the involvement of former pupils in the landings in Turkey in 1915.

Using the school’s archives, Year 12 history students Adam Goodwin, Oliver Goldthorpe and Will Knights have researched the records of a number of former Ipswich School pupils who fought in the conflict.  Tracking down those who actually served in the campaign proved a challenge, and so the sixth formers concentrated on former pupils who were killed or wounded as records here are more reliable and accurate.

School records had suggested that one of the former pupils – Captain James Armstrong - died in the conflict, but they have now been found to be inaccurate.  He survived Gallipoli but died later in the war and was buried in Belgium.

Additionally the sixth formers discovered that one former Ipswich School pupil – Trooper John Chambers - actually fought with the Australians and New Zealanders in the ANZAC ranks.  Indeed, he served in the same unit as pupils from Ipswich School, Queensland, Australia – the Australian Light Horse Regiment.

Olivia Tollemache, Head of History at Ipswich School, said: “These three sixth form students have worked very hard on their research for the exhibition.  The information that they have discovered will prove to be a useful addition to our school archive as well as helping to develop their love of history. Their work will, hopefully, inspire other pupils.”

The Gallipoli campaign was Winston Churchill’s initiative to open up a new front to get round the deadlock of the trenches in France and Belgium by attacking Germany’s seemingly weakest ally – the Ottoman Empire. 

The ‘Ipswich School at Gallipoli’ display is part of the ANZAC Day and WW1 Exhibition taking place at the Corn Exchange from 24th – 26th April, 10am – 5pm.  Details are also available online at Ipswich School’s Virtual World War One Exhibition at www.ipswich.suffolk.sch.uk/worldwarone

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