1st Bn Royal Fusiliers and Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (London) Branch of the Fusiliers Association

Remembering The Marne

ASSOCIATION  PILGRIMAGE

September 2021

After uncertainty surrounding the Marne event 9-13 September throughout the year due to covid related restrictions on travelling abroad which kept changing, the party left for France on the 9th all duly tooled up with necessary documentation for outward and return journey on the 9th and overcame all hurdles. Needless to say, nobody caught covid, like last year, so no need for concern. The covid situation in France is worse than in the UK so sensible behaviour while there kept us safe.

 

Torrential rain throughout our journey on day one to La Ferte sous Jouarre relented upon arrival for our first ceremony and thereafter we enjoyed sensational fine weather. Day two was interrupted by mass antigen testing in our hotel at lunchtime required for our return but finished in time for visiting nearby Epernay prior to the late afternoon ceremony at Sezanne where we honour the fallen of our Franch allies in the Marne battle and they do likewise for us. It was then back to our hotel for dining together with guests Lt Col Matt Palmer Royal Welsh and his wife Jane (ex QARANC). Colonel Matt is a local liaison officer deputed by the British Embassy to attend the Marne events.

 

On Sunday, day three, the main Marne battle commemoration event took place at Mondement greatly enhanced by the band of the 4th Hussars, France's premier cavalry band. A champagne reception followed in the grounds of the adjacent chateau and then the magnificent lunch of friendship - a banquet more accurately - at Connantre. Afterwards we attended a short ceremony of Remembrance of the fallen of our former German foes nearby.

 

Back to the hotel afterwards and getting ready for our return to England the next day. A smooth journey home followed on the Monday.

 

Book now for 2022

2022 dates are 8-12 September when hopefully all covid related anxieties and restrictions will be behind us. While "recruiting" on a firm commitment basis will begin in January do get in touch with me now if you would like to attend. This trip is a cracker in terms of enjoyment and comradeship while also a regimental duty to remember our fallen comrades. Don't look for reasons not to join but be positive and do so. It is not expensive.

Contact Richard Adams on richardadams5@hotmail.com or 07961452182

 

1st Bn Royal Fusiliers and Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (London) Branch of the Fusiliers Association

Secretary

Ray O'Brien

5 Ashurst Drive, Worth, Crawley,

West Sussex RH10 7FS

Tel: 07988 833944

Email: rayobn1@gmail.com

 

President

Colonel M J Dudding OBE TD DL

 

Chairman

Lieutenant Colonel K W Kiddie

Treasurer

George Rose

36 Maryfield Close, Bexley,
Kent DA5 2HY

Tel: 01322 550285

 

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