A CHESHAM councillor recently went on a moving visit to the Somme to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles.
Bucks County Councillor Tricia Birchley visited the Somme last month with a small delegation from the county to remember the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles, where many young men from Buckinghamshire died on the Western Front.
The independent group included The Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff, past Sheriffs and local councillors.
The group attended the commemorative service in Fromelles followed by a reception at the school where they met the Governor General of Queensland, who was part of the Australian delegation.
Cllr Birchley added: “We were impressed by the museum which gave an accurate but harrowing account of the new recruits’ experiences in the trenches.
“The following day we held a service at Aubers Ridge cemetery alongside the graves of young Buckinghamshire soldiers who had perished on July 19, 1916.
“Sadly most men in the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry who came from The Lee were unaccounted for in unmarked graves.”
The citation for The Lee’s Ivor StewartLiberty, who was awarded the Military Cross, was read out at the service.