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Tuesday 29th July 2014
The thermometer says 22C, we know it is lovely but the contrast to what we have been getting used to made us put on an extra layer. We are not complaining, it is lovely and can cope with it.
We got in the first lock outside the marina and then saw behind us the slow Peniche from yesterday. Phew, just in time to get on our way without hindrance.
We did all the locks solo today. The automatic ...
... 8217;s Grt, grt, grt Uncle William had been a stretcher bearer in the NZ regiment that saved the town. We walked around and found the memorial to the NZers who had distracted the Germans by creating lots of smoke and they launched a surprise attack by climbing up a ladder they constructed to get them up the wall. It was a hot day and everyone was tired.
We spent the afternoon in a big shopping mall buying some new clothes!
We set out on our last day of our diggers pilgrimage, in this Somme area they can it Le Circuit du Poppy. First stop is in the town of Poziers, this is the town that Aussies get the most recognition as they say the diggers saved the town. All over there is our flag on display along with depiction and cutout of our soldiers, walk into the pub and able to say ripper mate! Then close by at Thiepval is the largest British war memorial in the world, it ...
... the day walking amongst the Christmas Markets, visiting the sights of the city (Cathedral, Fort, Man Square) and going shopping. Having gone to France on a simple day trip it really became noticeable just how different France is to England, despite it being just an hour's ferry away! And don't even get me started on the stinky cheese! My clothes stank of it all day!
... Lambs as they were informally known, due to the fact that they were recruited and formed by Claude Lowther, a politician from Sussex. He successfully recruited hundreds of men from Sussex, many of them groups of friends from the same communities which led to the regiments also becoming known as the Pals battalions. I also discovered that the Royal Sussex Living History group had published a book entitled The Day Sussex Died written by John Baines which covered a battle that ...