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Welcome to the Nord / Pas de Calais Branch of The Royal British Legion

What's happening in the Nord and the Pas de Calais in 2022.

If there is an event that you would like included in this listing, or if you would like more information about one of the events below contact Jennie frajohn@mac.com

From March to June there are to be a series of Rededications at the graves of newly identified soldiers. 

  

 

5 April 2022 at 10:30

REDEDICATION

Arras Road Cemetery, Roclincourt

Lieutenant Wilfred Ashton Piercy

1/17th (City of London) Battalion, The London regiment

 

5 April 2022 at 14:30

REDEDICATION

Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos-en-Gohelle

Rifleman Albert George Sleet

1/8th Battalion,The London Regiment, (Post Office Rifles)

 

6 April 2022 at 10:30

REDEDICATION

Lebucquiere Communal Cemetery Extension, Lebucquiere

Serjeant James Gration DCM

2/5th (City of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade)

 

8-11 April 2022 20:00-22:00 at Vimy

THEIR STORIES

A video projection on the Visitor Centre at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. Animated pictures of Canadian soldiers that passed through, left their lives or whose lives were affected by the battle at Vimy Ridge.

 

8-10 April 2022 20:00-22:00 at Vimy

VIMY: LIVING MEMORIAL

An immersive video experience located next to the Visitor Centre at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial based on a digital experience created by the National Film Board of Canada.

9 April 2022 at Roclincourt

 

9th April 2022 14:00 at Vimy

COMMEMORATIVE CEREMONY
 at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial
Marking the 105th anniversary of the Battle of Arras and the capture of Vimy Ridge.

It is recommended to arrive early as parking is limited.

 

10th April 2022 13:30-18:00 at Vimy

FAMILY DAY

Various partners linked to Remembrance will be present to showcase their museums, activities and more. Families, kids young and old, are welcomed to discover the work done by other museums and sites of Remembrance in the Pas-de-Calais / Somme. Located at the Visitor Centre at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

 

11th April 2022 19:00 at Vimy

SPEAKERS EVENING

Various guests sharing their experiences and innovations from the past year in terms of their work in Remembrance. We'll be exploring how we use images to remember and also, what's next for museums, memorials, battlefields and beyond.

 

23 April 2022, Peronne

CONCERT

In support of Ukrainian refugees

 

5th May 2022 at 10:30 at Loos British Cemetery

REBURIAL

Pte William Johnston, Royal Scots Fusiliers

killed in action 26 September 1915

and

An Unknown Soldier of the East Yorkshire Regiment

killed in action 26 September 1915.

 

 

8th May 2022 throughout the region

VE DAY

 Commemorating the end of the 2nd World War

Ceremonies will take place at memorials in every city, town and village, throughout France.

 

17th May 11:00 at Montcomet Military Cemetery, Aisne

Rededication

Lt Frederick Hornby Lever Rushton, MC

2nd battalion Royal Irish Regiment

Killed in action 15 September 1914.

 

18th May 2022 11:30 at Queen's Cemetery, Bucquoy

Rededication

Pte John Martin Roberts

The North Irish Horse.

Killed in action 21 August 1918.

 

21st May 2022 at Hesdin

Commemorative Service

for  3 Gunners who died in the commune in 1940

led by the Somme Battlefield Pipe Band

 

27th May 10:00am at Hondeghem

Commemoration
The Battle of 27th May 1940
delaying the German advance to allow the evacuation of Dunkirk

 

27th May 2022 13:00 at Esquelbecq Military Cemetery

Rededication

Second Lieutenant Piers Richard Edgcumbe

Royal Armoured Corps.

Killed in action 27 May 1940.

 

28th May 2022 10:45 for 11:00 at the Monument des Alliés, Dunkirk

Commemoration
82nd anniversary of Operation Dynamo 

10:50 meet on the Esplande Cavrois-digue des Alliés
11:00 Memorial des Alliés

 

28th May 2022 at Paradis-Lestrem

Commemoration

The Battle of Paradis
and the massacre in 1940 of 97 soldiers of the Royal Scots and Royal Norfolks 
10:00 at La Grange, Chemin de Paradis
11:00 in front of the church at Paradis
11:45 Le Paradis War Cemetery, behind the church

 

Week commencing 20th June

We have advance notification of rededication/reburial ceremonies at H.A.C. Cemetery, Cojeul British Cemetery, Warlencourt British Cemetery and Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery

  

9-11th July 2022

PEDAL TO YPRES

This cycle event organised by HQ will pass through our region.

 

16th July 2022 at Longueval

 

23rd-25th July 2022

PEDAL TO YPRES

This cycle event organised by HQ will pass through our region.

 

1st-5th September 2022

PEDAL TO PARIS

This cycle event organised by HQ will pass down our coast
from Calais to Abbeville, on the 2nd September.

 

11th November 2022

This year the RBL Nord/Pas-de-Calais will join the Western Front Association at the Cenotaph in London and lay a wreath on behalf of the inhabitants of the Nord and the Pas-de-Calais. To join us, contact frajohn@mac.com.(All branch members will pay their own expenses). All profits will go to the Poppy Appeal. To help fund the wreath go to the GoFundMe page titled:

Des Coquelicots pour leurs dire mercis

ARMISTICE DAY

Ceremonies will take place throughout the region
to commemorate the end of the 1st World War

 

 

 

 

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