The Gallipoli Campaign was seen by some as a way of breaking the deadlock on the Western Front by an assault in the Dardanelles against the Ottoman Empire.
The campaign began with an allied naval bombardment in February and continued with the landing of British, Empire and French troops in April.
Most historians today view the operation as flawed and shot through with missed opportunities while some argue that it had little chance of success from the outset.
|The Manchester's buried at Redoubt Cemetery|
And it was here that young John Edmund Shepherd died aged just 19 on May 30th.
The Allies had mounted a number of attacks through May and in to July but despite some gains did not achieve the breakthrough that was needed and in December they were withdrawn.
Of the 602 men who lie there 135 came from the Manchester Regiment.
I doubt that Private Shepherds’s family ever visited the cemetery but they remembered him with the card containing his picture and the flags of the Allies.
And now the card, his medals along with that of his brother's are now on display at the Remembrance Lodge in Southern Cemetery just a short distance from where he grew up in Moss Side.
The lodge is open from 9am - 4pm seven days a week.
Pictures; from the collection of David Harrop and data drawn from the list of men buried at Reboubt Cemetery from the Commonwealth War Graves, http://www.cwgc.org/