Successful Royal British Legion trip to WW1 war cemeteries in France.

On Monday 25th June a coach load of members of the Leeds and Hollingbourne Branch of the Royal British Legion left Hollingbourne at 6am to go to France to visit a number of WW1 war cemeteries on the occasion of the hundred anniversary of the end fighting in WW1. Additionally one of the graves visited was that of Rifleman A Davison, who had Hollingbourne links, who died exactly 100 years before the date of the visit. The coach returned at 11pm after a very successful day out in fine weather.

Derek Davison of the Royal British Legion writes:

Our trip to France on the 25th June was just excellent, a full coach enjoyed glorious weather visiting Albert, Thiepval, Mailly Wood Cemetery where we have a great Uncle who lost his life on 25th June 1918….exactly 100 years ago… and Sailly au Bois Cemetary. Followed by an excellent 3 course meal with Kia aperitif and wine galore in a restored water mill restaurant in Blendeques  and all for £56!  We may well do a similar trip next year so please put your name down early it would be nice to get a better support from Hollingbourne rather than depend on neighbouring villages!

Pictured below scenes from the day out.

The grave of Rifleman A Davison who died exactly 100 years before the Hollingbourne visit.
Derek Davison with a wreath at the grave of his great uncle A Davison.
The Leeds and Hollingbourne Party at the graveside on 25th June 2018.