Premiere Classe Saint Quentin
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Thursday, 8th October 2015
Weather exactly as forecast, cloudy, but mild at 15C.
Today we are heading to and Aire at Le Cateau-Cambresis.
Not exactly the most scenic journey, as we make our way North and West, staying well away ...
... Memorial to all the Australian dead during the Western Front of World War I. This is just such a moving place. Our guide asked us if anyone had anyone buried here? One Principal had his Great uncle here which we found. We kept looking on the wall to see if we could see any Hurley's and we found Hurley J P K 15th Infantry battalion! We then travelled on to the Australian Memorial Le Hamel where the Battle of ...
... in memory
On a less somber note, we stumbled on an XK Jag rally. A group of 27 Frenchmen who all have XK jags....on this occasion just six of them. Very friendly.
Dinner at the hotel and we met some English people from Surrey who have also been here tracking down an uncle lost in WW1.
Great area for a few days but I am not sure I could live here in an area where everything is focused so much on ...
... needless sacrifice. More Australians were lost near Pozieres than any other battle anywhere in the world since.
In a final irony, Mouquet Farm was taken AFTER Thiepval.
Today, Thiepval is the site of the 45 metre high Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, the largest British War Memorial ...
... Division Memorial. It was a very poignant day and I think the bit that hit me the most was that there is 11, 000 Australian soldiers who are still lying on the battle fields somewhere, along with many thousands of other soldiers. Oliver told us that they are constantly removing shrapnel from the fields, they call it an Iron Harvest and that there will be many soldiers who will remain on the fields forever. Just walking around Luke picked up an original piece of German Barbed ...