Fromelles an­niver­sary

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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.

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