A commemoration to mark the centenary of the First World War’s disastrous Gallipoli campaign this week included one of the country’s most famous conservation architects
A group of 15 descendants of veterans who took part in the bloody battle including co-founder of LDN Architects James Dunbar-Nasmith, 88, travelled to Turkey alongside the Prince of Wales and Prince Harry to attend the ceremony due to take place on Friday (24th April).
Moray-based Dunbar-Nasmith’s father Martin Nasmith won the Victoria Cross, the highest British award for bravery.
Lieutenant-Commander Nasmith, a submarine commander, led three patrols through the Dardanelles into the Sea of Marmara and Constantinople Harbour in the course of which he sank 97 Turkish ships including the battleship Haradin Barbarossa, blew up a railway viaduct, and engaged a troop of Turkish Cavalry on a cliff.
However, he was also noted for his courtesy and humanity including making great efforts to spare civilians.
His crew sunk several dhows - recovering Turkish Delight and other goods in the process - but sparing civilian crews and ferrying them to shore.
‘As they left, he would shake each of them by the hand and he gave each of them a box of Turkish Delight,’ Dunbar-Nasmith told the Aberdeen Press & Journal.
‘My father developed a great respect for the Turks, he thought they were very brave and very fair fighters too.’
Sir James is the architect of Sunninghill Park, former home of the Duke of York. He was head of architecture at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and is now Emeritus Professor there as well as serving as president of the Scottish Civic Trust.