Mayor for Gallipoli on WW1 pilgrimage

Mayor Billy Ashe and interested parties recently marked the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign at the Clarke family grave in Cushendall Road. Dr. Clarke, who is mentioned on the stone, fell during the Gallipoli battles while serving with the RAMC. INBT 38-807H
Mayor Billy Ashe and interested parties recently marked the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign at the Clarke family grave in Cushendall Road. Dr. Clarke, who is mentioned on the stone, fell during the Gallipoli battles while serving with the RAMC. INBT 38-807H

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is to be formally represented at the Gallipoli Pilgrimage this month.

The Mayor, Councillor Billy Ashe, will join the Somme Association’s Commemorative delegation on the Gallipoli Battlefields from Monday, October 5.

The 10th (Irish Division) withdrew in late September 1915 leaving behind more than 2,000 of their men who had been killed, among them men from across Mid and East Antrim Borough.

Cllr Ashe will attend a service at the Division’s memorial, which the Somme Association and the Irish Government unveiled in 2010.

Previously, to mark the actual centenary, a Service of Remembrance was held during September at Ballymena Cemetery in conjunction with The Royal British Legion.

Cllr Ashe laid a wreath alongside those of descendants of Private John Kerr and Private Adam McAteer, local soldiers who lost their lives at Gallipoli.

That wreath-laying service, led by the Mayor’s Chaplain Reverend Grant and the Reverend Jones, Station Chaplain, Aldergrove Flying Station, was held at the grave of the Clarke Family whose son, Captain John Clarke, also died at Gallipoli and had been acknowledged for his war service on his family headstone.