Hawker VC Memorial and Ligny-Thilloy Remembrance Ceremony

This years Hawker Memorial visit and Ligny-Thilloy remembrance ceremony was a well attended event involving a great deal more  additional planning and organisation, which certainly paid off.

Here are a few images and a summary from the 11 Nov 2016 visit to Ligny-Thilloy via Chris and Di Carrington.

Group photo at memorial

Group photo at memorial

 

Somme battlefield pipe band

Somme battlefield pipe band

 

In Sam Wright’s absence the Mayor of Ligny-Thilloy had managed to get some of the members of the Somme Battlefield Pipe Band to perform at the ceremony. A video showing them playing in the Salle de Fêtes is available and an embedded link is here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GpRCdry7lA&feature=youtu.be

Hawker Memorial panel

Hawker Memorial panel

The new panel erected by Phil Mobbs and the XXIV Squadron team the day before the ceremony provides visitors new to the site with important historical background details relating to Lanhoe Hawker.

Full Size replica of Fokker DR-1

Full Size replica of Fokker DR-1

 

W/C Daz Rawlins with Cloe Bruce

W/C Daz Rawlins with Cloe Bruce

Cloe Bruce is a Hawker family member.

UK and German OC's

UK and German OC’s

Squadron Wreath

Squadron Wreath

 

Chas with Mayor and Cloe

Chas with Mayor and Cloe

 

 

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