Hawker Memorial, Mayor and Pipes. 11-11-2015

Hawker Memorial, Mayor and Pipes. 11-11-2015

Another excellent turn-out by Association Members and partners for the annual act of remembrance at the memorial to Major Hawker VC DSO RFC (XXIV’s first OC)  in the French village of Ligny-Thilloy.

A total of nineteen assembled for dinner in Arras on 10 November with the same number sitting down for a good lunch in Bapaume after the various ceremonies on 11 November. The Mayor and village council once again extended generous hospitality both before and after lunch in the village hall, where a musical dimension was provided by our Chairman, Sam Wright, whose playing of the pipes was much appreciated by one and all. Sam also piped at the ceremonies, adding his own version of the Marseillaise to that played by the Mayor’s grandson on his trumpet.

For once, the weather was mild and no brass monkeys were seen on parade, either at the village war memorial or during the one kilometre route march down to the cemetery.

[with thanks to Keith Chapman, words and Di Carrington, photo]



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