Bordeaux & South-West France Branch

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2017 Events Dates – To be Confirmed


Sunday 8th May                                     Victoire 1945 (local French) 

Fri 19th to Sun 21st May                         Annual Conference, Southport, Lancs. 

Saturday 20th May                                 Short Stirling Crash Mémory, Naujac-sur-Mer 

Tuesday 14th June                                 Pub Quiz Night, Camping Parc St Vincent,  Levignac de Guyenne                                                              

Weds 5th to Sun 9th July                         Chemin de la Liberté hike, St Girons, Ariège 

Sunday 13th August                               Book Sale 

Fri 8th to Sun 10th September                 Comète Line, St Jean de Luz 

Sunday 8th October                               Annual.General Meeting                            

Sunday 22nd October                             Poppy Appeal starts (Remembrancetide) 

Sunday 22nd October                             Book Sale                   

Saturday 11th November                        Armistice 1918 (local French)                                                                     

Sunday 12th November                          Remembrance Services,

 Allied Military Cemetery, Talence &, Monteton Church


Fri 8th December. Ceremonies at Blanquefort and Bordeaux.

Sat 9th December. Ceremonies at le Verdon and Saint Vivien.

Sun 10th December.  Montalivet.               


I will post a link to the PDF versuion of the RBL Membership Newsletter Overseas when I receive them. 


An update from Brenda.........

Hi again and a quick note to thank Friends in France Lunch Club for their collection. Unexpected and very welcome. Many thanks to my lunch club friends and sorry I was not able to join you for lunch and chat. Training going OK and gym putting pressure on me now - HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!





Brenda's Chemin de la Liberte page

To help all who have served and are serving for The Royal British Legion because The RBL is a charity that supports ALL

Event: Chemin de la Liberte, 04 Jul 2017 to 10 Jul 2017

To help all who have served and are serving for The Royal British Legion because The RBL is a charity that supports ALL

Event: Chemin de la Liberte, 04 Jul 2017 to 10 Jul 2017

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

Some years ago I met a rather nice chap called Scott Goodall. Scott lived in the Ariege in the South West of France. He wrote about the Chemin de la Liberte - a cross-Pyrenees escape route that was used, amongst others, by escaping airmen and escaping prisoners of war during WWII. The stories of escape and evasion remember the sacrifices of the guides and the bravery of everyone involved. In a rash moment I promised that I would do this walk and now I am doing it in Scott's memory and because I believe that I can do this - even as a pensioner!!!

All monies raised will go directly to support the work of The Royal British Legion. Why the RBL? This charity supports every one of our service personnel, those who no longer serve, and their families. The charity covers ALL disciplines, all ranks and also works with other military charities. Their help ranges from Drop-In centres where individuals can discuss problems, financial aid, legal representation to ensure fairness, medical help through enterprises such as The Battleback Centre and of course help and support for families. The list goes on...

I have done long treks, and even a sky-dive, before for charity. One thing I have realised that the achievement is not mine - I only help to fund-raise so that people who need our help stand a better chance of having a more meaningful future. Theirs is the achievement. You can help please by making a donation. I will keep you informed of progress and if you want to join in the group please do not hesitate. It really is a case of the more the merrier.

Don't forget to Gift Aid your donation.

Many thanks for reading  and donating.


Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.







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


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The The above photographs © Richard Holworthy 2016



Frankton Memorial, La Verdon, Point de Grave. 

11:00 a.m. 10 December 2016

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Point aux Oiseaux, St.Vivien-de Médoc

3:30 p.m. 10 December 2016


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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.





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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





Past Events  

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.    


John Allsop  


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.


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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.



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