Take a look at your pictures and images from 8 November 2020
Your Remembrance 2020- Coming Home
Brussels Branch has been overwhelmed with the responses for people making their personal Act of Remembrance throughout Belgium. See below for some of the pictures. We will remember them.
Heverlee Commonwealth War Graves - kept in pristine condition by Mark. Visited. by Zoe White and Phil Hyde
Brigette Horton, our close friend from the Royal Air Force Association also visited Heverlee on 11 November to pay her respects. Accompanied by her niece and her two small children they were delighted to be there when a group of Polish bikers arrived (suitably distanced!) to join an impromptu Act of Remembrance by a Polish Priest at 11am. Perhaps this was the same delegation who joined us in Heverlee in 2018?
Terlanen Cemetery - part of the newly created Prisoner of War trail in the Dijle valley. Visited Phil and Lisa Hyde.
General Bathurst and his wife, Kate, visited Zillebeke Church
"For the last four years, I commanded the parade at the National Act of Remembrance at the Cenotaph but this year is different in many ways and so I watched it on television. However, being in Belgium also allowed Kate and I to visit the grave of one of her relations, Michael Stocks, who was killed in Flanders in 1914. He is buried at Zillebeke Church and so we placed a cross at his grave (photograph attached) and also on the adjacent graves of two other Grenadier Guards officers whose families I know and I sent pictures to them so they know their relatives are remembered on this most important of days". Lieutenant General Sir Ben Bathurst KCVO, CBE, United Kingdom Military Representative to NATO and the EU
Andrée Ferrant, our Honorary Secretary, visited the cemetery of Verrewinkel in Uccle to remember one of our branch veterans, Command e.r. Fernand Delcourt. His grave is marked with a simple wooden cross as an interim measure, however we reflect on its meaning for such a discreet and humble hero. We will remember him.
Dennis and Laura paid their respects at Tildonk to Flt Sgt Harker and Pl Offr Lenover. At Peutie Cemetery to LCpl Walters and Warrant Officer Hoare from the Grenadier Guards. Read the moving message from LCpl Walters' best mate here
Michel Bourland, a very active Branch member and organiser of the January Pegasus Walk in Bure visited three cemeteries to pay his respects and kindly provided the images below. Driver Wakeham Royal Field Artillery rests in Lives-sur-Meuse, Namur behind the church. The previous poppy was placed by Michel over three years ago. Driver Haycock rests in Rebaix. The five graves are in the Coutisse Communal Cemetery, Andenne who were the crew of a Wellington bomber shot down by a fighter plan on the night of 11/12 August in 1942 during a raid on Mainz, Germany. We will remember them.
Leuven Communal Cemetery. The resting place for 24 fallen from WW1 and WW2. Visited by Zoe White.
Our Standard Bearer, Freddy Roiseux paid his respect in Malonne, near Namur
Steve and Joanna Grant visited St Symphorien and Auderghem (in between running the '3 Mission Challenge'!)
One of our soon to be branch members, Richard Rose visited Harlebeke Cemetery on a beautiful, clear day.
"Harlebeke New British Cemetery has just over 1,000 graves, mostly British Infantry from a wide selection of English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish Regiments; I found quite a few from the Border and King’s Own Regiments. A few Engineers, RAF, Royal Flying Corps and even one Army Cyclist Corps (a new one for me!), though no R SIGNALS. Also, there were a number from Commonwealth countries (mainly Canadian). Main losses appear to have been at the start of The Great War and within the last month (mid Oct to early Nov 18). Interesting location, but well looked after as one would expect. It opened in 2018, so it is relatively new." Read more about the Army Cyclist Corps here