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Why Cambrai?

Private John RAE, 2nd Scots Guards, fell in action on the 28th November 1914, aged 29. He came from Ellon in Aberdeenshire and his wife was from Guernsey. His DCM was awarded for gallantry on numerous occasions whilst engaged on scouting duties. On the night of the 27th/28th November, while the battalion was in trenches […]

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When the music stops

Another trip I did this year was to St.Quentin. We were mainly concerned with that stretch of the retreat in 1914 that lies between Le Cateau and St Quentin itself, including Landrecies and Etreux. For this particular group, it was their first time on this part of the Western Front, and as it was approaching […]

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Summer days off the beaten path

On a recent trip with a group in July we visited a number of CWGC cemeteries which, judging from the entries in the visitors’ books, attract relatively few people. Those who had been there recently appeared to have been visiting the grave of a relative or someone from their home town, area or regiment. We were based in Mons throughout the trip and […]

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