High Wood Commemorations

It’s hard to plan anything at the moment. One never knows what will be possible until the last minute. However the third Sunday of September is traditionally the day that we commemorate the action of the 47th (London) Division at High Wood so, in glorious sunshine, we headed up to Read more…

The Liberation of Albert 1944

At the beginning of September 1944 this area was freed from the German occupation. In military terms the losses were light, but in family terms they were devastating. In London Cemetery this morning, 76 years on, the gardeners were out in force, cutting the grass, weeding and trimming the hedges, Read more…

The Louvre at Lens

Back at the beginning of March, taking advantage of the winter calm, we visited the Louvre at Lens. It’s been closed for while but now that it has reopened it seemed a good moment to share this visit with you. The first thing that struck me is how close it Read more…

1944 Air Disaster

76 years ago today 102 Squadron set out on a daylight bombing raid to target a V1 Flying-bomb launch site at Montorgueil Farm. The V1 Flying bomb, also known as the doodlebug, was developed in 1939. The first was launched on London on the 13th June 1944. At its height Read more…

James McCudden V.C.

James McCudden V.C., D.S.O and Bar, M.C. and Bar, M.M., Croix de Guerre, is one of our Great War heroes. James McCudden joined the Royal Engineers in 1910 as a boy bugler but by the outbreak of war was working as an Air Mechanic in the Royal Flying Corps. By Read more…

Poppies

As I write this, the borders remain closed and we await news of when they will reopen. As France is at last able to begin deconfinement, we offer our heartfelt thanks to everyone who continues to respect the travel restrictions, reducing the spread of the virus. May and June are Read more…