Liberation of town marked
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.