I will post a link to the PDF versuion of the RBL Membership Newsletter Overseas when I receive them. Here is February 2017's
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THIS YEAR WILL BE THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
FRANKTON RAID ON BORDEAUX
WHICH WAS CARRIED OUT BETWEEN THE
7th & 12th DECEMBER 1942.
Details of the commemorations will appear here when they are recived.
Frankton Memorial, Château Magnol.
2:00 p.m. 9 December 2016
The The above photographs © Richard Holworthy 2016
Frankton Memorial, La Verdon, Point de Grave.
11:00 a.m. 10 December 2016
The The following photographs © Richard Holworthy 2016
Point aux Oiseaux, St.Vivien-de Médoc
3:30 p.m. 10 December 2016
Operation Frankton Ceremonies December 2016
Friday December 9th 2016
10:00 hrs. Frankton Memorial on the Quay by Hanger 14.
14:00 hrs. Blanquefort, Château Magnol.
Saturday December 10th 2016
11:00 hrs. La Verdon, Point de Grave.
Lunch at L'Escal ( 26€ Book with Monique Babin on 05 45 32 53 59 or 06 10 61 60 01 BY 25/11/16)
15:00 hrs. Point aux Oiseaux.
ADVANCE NEWSLETTER 2016
Probable Events Dates
Sunday 16th A.G.M., Villeneuve de Duras
Sunday 23rd Poppy Appeal official start date
Sunday DTBC Book Sale
Friday 11th Armistice 1918 (local French)
Sunday 13th Remembrance Services,
Allied Military Cemetery, Talence
&, Monteton Church
Friday 2nd & Frankton Souvenir, Bordeaux Morning
Saturday 3rd Frankton Souvenir, Medoc
CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER 2015
The usual commemorative events were held in the second half-year; all were very well supported, including a Book Sale held for the first time at the Restaurant Nostalgair in September, which raised €310.
Poppy Appeal No figures are available yet, but indications are for another good year despite Brenda’s defection to the UK.
Following Terry Cattermole’s return to the UK, the collecting of used postage stamps has been taken over by Bill Kauffman, so please send your stamps to him at Moulin de Goth, 46600 Creysse.
Jack Douay MBE
Please see the attachment about his Memorial in October.
Finally, a very Happy Christmas and New Year to you and your families, and a hope that 2016 will be a happy, healthy and prosperous year for us all.
Jack Douay MBE
At the end of October we were invited by Jack’s niece Chloë to attend a memorial ceremony for him in the cemetery at Barneville-Carteret, his family home on the Cotentin peninsula.
The parade and ceremony was organised by the Mairie and was very well attended by family and friends as well as members of the Armée de l’Air of which Jack was an officer before leaving France to join the Royal Air Force. The Standards of the Region were also paraded, floral tributes were laid by local dignitaries as well as a Poppy wreath by our Branch Chairman John Allsop, a fitting tribute to Jack, who was effectively the founder of the Branch in the 50s and the person who subsequently rescued it from imminent demise, to then lead it through the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s as Chairman and occupying virtually every other position.
Picture in Photo Gallery
AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2015
It is my sad duty to report the death of Jack Douay on 11th Sept., at the age of 92. Jack was our Branch Chairman for over 30 years from the 60’s, and was our President for the last 8 years.
His funeral will take place on Friday 18th Sept. at 1515hrs at the Crématorium de Mérignac, which is in the Avenue du Souvenir, very near to exit 12 of the Bordeaux Rocade.
The Legion will be represented by the Chairman and other members and friends, and the Branch Standard will be paraded.
Jack’s dedication to the RBL will be forever remembered, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.