Just a reminder that the wreathlaying to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of Battle of Givenchy April 1918 and the part of the 55th (West Lancashire) Division will take place at the Divisional Memorial at Givenchy on Saturday 12 April at 1100 hours French time. Because of the short notice, the number of people travelling over from the UK is known to be limited. For instance, despite having spent about 50 hours on this (telephone, internet and telepathic charm) I can not be there. Jack Thorpe of the Erquinghem-Lys Museum is working miracles and we are at least well supported by wreaths.
The roll call is wreaths from Mayor of Givenchy, Mayor of Erquinghem Lys, wreaths sent by Liverpool, Sefton (Southport through to Bootle), St Helens, Warrington, RFCA for North West England (was the TA Association), local TA units 103 Regiment RA, 75 Engr Regt , 55 Signal Squadron Royal Signals (who bear the divisional number and use the divisional badge of the Rose of Lancaster), Duke of Lancaster's Regiment (King's, Lancashire and Border) which is the successor to ALL all the infantry battalions apart from the 2/5 Lancashire Fusiliers, the Liverpool Scottish and a 55th Divisional Wreath as well as private wreaths.
Our friend, Henk Vandaele, of the Fleming Pipe Band/ Passchendaele 1917 Pipes and Drums hopes to be present or to ask one of his colleagues to be present to play. There is some refreshment afterwards for those expected. I am quite unsure how elastic this could be; not much I suspect!
If you are in the area you would be most welcome. Make your self known to our friend Jack Thorpe.