Bordeaux & South-West France Branch


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Photographs from the Service of Remembrence 

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For the Fallen
Laurence Binyon

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children, 
England mourns for her dead across the sea. 
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit, 
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal 
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres. 
There is a music in the midst of desolation 
And a glory that shines upon our tears. 

They went with songs to the battle, they were young, 
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. 
They were staunch to the end against odds uncountered: 
They fell with their faces to the foe. 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them. 

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again; 
They sit no more at familiar tables at home; 
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time; 
They sleep beyond England’s foam. 

But where our desires are and our hopes profound, 
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight, 
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known 
As the stars are known to the Night; 

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust, 
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain; 
As the stars are starry in the time of our darkness, 
To the end, to the end they remain. 




We will be holding our annual Service for Remembrance Sunday as usual at the 



On SUNDAY 13th NOVEMBER 2016 AT 1030 for 1045


In the presence of H.M.Vice-Consul , the U.S. Consul-General and other civil, military and social representatives and we hope you are able to attend, if you live within reasonable distance of Bordeaux. The procession will enter the cemetery at 1045 and the Service will start shortly afterwards; it will last approximately 30 minutes. 

There will also be a REMEMBRANCE SERVICE in MONTETON CHURCH, on the same day at 10:30; which will also follow the traditional RBL format. Please note the change from the evening time back to the  the usual morning service.



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