Lib­er­a­tion of town marked

Leicester Mercury - - News -

SOL­DIERS from the 2nd Bat­tal­ion, Royal Anglian Reg­i­ment, and vet­er­ans from the Royal Tigers’ As­so­ci­a­tion have trav­elled to France to take part in 100th an­niver­sary com­mem­o­ra­tions of the lib­er­a­tion of a town.

A plaque was un­veiled to mark the ar­rival of the Le­ices­ter­shire Reg­i­ment in Ber­lai­mont on Novem­ber 5, 1918.

At a cer­e­mony on Sun­day, Ma­jor Gen­eral (retd) Tony Pol­lard Pol­lard ad­dressed the crowd and chil­dren laid small red, white and blue posies on each of the sol­diers’ graves.

One of the vet­er­ans present said: “I no­ticed sev­eral young sol­diers among many who were moved to tears.”

Seven men from the Le­ices­ters died dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion of Ber­lai­mont.

They were: Cpl Samuel Richard Cam­mack; L/Cpl Wil­liam Dod­son; Pte Con­rad Hodg­son; Sgt George Nor­ton; Cpl Sid­ney Thomas Watkin­son; Sgt Pe­ter Wild and Pte Joseph Wil­liams.

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