Somme August 2018

6 of us set off from our homes for our annual trip to the Somme last weekend. Instead of our usual sponsored walk we had decided to have a rest and just organised a trip to walk the battlefields and visit graves. Staying at the beautiful Snowden house in Longueval, which is fast turning into our second base.

We had beautiful weather every day, which encouraged the more slothful of us to get up in the mornings.

One of the places we visited was Lochnagar crater to see our own memorial to the women of the Great War and our Nurses memorial bench. Unfortunately someone has carved their initials into the bench so hopefully this will be put right soon.

As always we went up the Serre Road to Matthew Copse and Queens cemetery to pay respects to the Chorley Pals and Accrington Pals, leaving poppies for William Tootell and Seth Rollins. We didn’t see the farmer but no worries as he seems to like us for some reason.

The girls also had a visit to Delville Woods, which is just along the road from Snowden House.

Several of the girls visited Vimy Memorial as one of our ladies, Debra is a Canadian and was eager to see where her ancestors had fought.

Suzanna and Sue took the opportunity to visit the Porter Household and book up for next year. Then spent the afternoon updating the website and doing admin (hey! we are supposed to be on holiday)

This has been a wonderful trip with like minded people, wonderful weather and even better egg and chips at Tommy’s in Pozieres thanks Dominique.

See you next year.

2 thoughts on “Somme August 2018

  1. I looked for your website today after seeing the granite memorial and bench at Lochnagar crater yesterday.

    I admired the sentiment on your memorial and wanted to discover more about the brilliantly named organisation that had created it. We must have been following your party around as we were also at the Accrington Pals site near Serre. I first read Testament of Youth as a teenager and my maternal grandmother did some nursing auxiliary work during the Great War though unfortunately I don’t know where or when. Both of these factors made your organisation of particular interest.

    We also visited, among others, Brandhoek cemetary as I worked for many years with a great nephew of Noel Chavasse. Doubtless in his medical and stretcher bearing role he must have worked with many VADs.

    Thank you for what you are doing to perpetuate the memory of these brave women.

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