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To Vimy Ridge, north of Arras, Hill 145, where the Canadian Monument and several cemeteries are located as part of the Vimy Ridge National Historic Site of Canada. The only other historic site outside Canada is Beaumont-Hamel.
A different style of monument, where two towering pylons of limestone are carved with allegorical figures from greek mythology. Maple leaves on one tower, the fleur-de-lys on its twin, symbolic of ...
... among the graves.
Dernacourt, Jeancourt, Grevilles. Each cemetery has its own register, for those buried and those whose names are inscribed on the memorial. We recorded our visit and the soldier searched for on Lyn's behalf. Initially I was doing a friend a favour and out of curiosity, but it soon became personal to locate each and every one.
... 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!
... seemed appropriate yet again.
On Saturday 29th June at 5pm we arrived in Richebourg St Vaast at the military cemetery for the service. Walking around the cemetery beforehand I found it overwhelming to think that the vast majority of the 800 graves bore the same date, 30th June 1916. As with all the Commonwealth war grave sites it is beautifully kept and there is a peaceful air to the cemetery.
... and a couple of other bits and pieces. Overall, the walk was not much shorter than the night before, approx 8kms. When we got back to the hotel about 9.30, there was a jazz trio, piano, double bass and drum, playing in the bar of our hotel. We decided to round off the night sitting, listening with Terry having a cappuccino while I lashed out on a Brandy Alexander. At some point during the night, I heard ...