Two Edinburgh schools – Leith Academy and Portobello High School – travelled out to Gallipoli with us in October 2015. The photos on this page give a taster of the trip (R. Clutterbuck except where shown). See also our blog and the interviews with the students and teachers here. Two of the students made films of their visits – see one of them here.
Edinburgh has strong connections to the Campaign. Volunteer soldiers from Leith joined the Royal Scots Regiment and 216 of them were killed in Britain’s worst-ever rail disaster at Quintinshill, on their way to Liverpool and Gallipoli. The school picked up the story of the men who survived the rail crash.
Portobello has Edinburgh’s beach on the Firth of Forth, and soldiers left there for the much more dangerous beaches of Gallipoli in 1915. The school still has their records and some of today’s students traced their forebears’ footsteps in Gallipoli and visited the graves of the ones that never came home.
We were contacted by George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh, many of whose ex-pupils joined the same regiment as the Portobello lads. See here for more details.