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Chatteris heroes honoured

Chatteris Royal British Legion representatives carry wreaths
Chatteris Royal British Legion representatives carry wreaths

Heroes from Chatteris who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War were honoured during an emotional trip.

More than 40 members and friends of the Chatteris Royal British Legion visited the battlefields of the Somme and Belgian Flanders at the beginning of August.

A youngster lays a poppy cross at the Menin Gate
A youngster lays a poppy cross at the Menin Gate

The group visited the British Memorial at Thiepval, Pozieres, Heilly Station and Tyne Cot Cemetery.

A wreath laying ceremony was held at Louverval Cemetery to commemorate Pte George Clare VC.

He was awarded the Victoria Cross in August 1917, for retrieving wounded soldiers under fire and bringing them back to their own lines.

Sadly George died in this action but not before he demonstrated outstanding bravery beyond the call of duty.

The highlight of the weekend was participating in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypre when two youth members along with Branch Standard Bearer Rob Lake and Branch Chairman Norman Larke laid wreaths on behalf of the Chatteris RBL. This is the first time the branch has attended this very well known ceremony which has been held continuously since 1928 with the buglers being members of the Ypres volunteer fire service whose bugles are funded by the Royal Logistic Corps. The mayor of Chatteris, Cllr James Carney, presented the deputy mayor of Ypres Jan Delie, with a plaque following a short reception that included Norman and Yvonne Larke, mayoress Amy Carney and the trip organiser Leah Templeman.

Tribute was also paid to the Canadian service members who served alongside the British forces with a visit to the Vimy Ridge memorial en route back to the UK.

PICTURES: courtesy of K. Gregory

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