Our Member Brian, GØVNU has recently returned from another of his annual pilgrimages to the WWI battlefields of Flanders and France.
As he reports:- "My main purpose for doing this, apart from my historical interest in that awful tragic war, is to visit graves of the fallen by request, including those of our Commonwealth cousins. I am a life member of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals Association (Victoria) Branch having served in their Corps in the late 1950's. This year it is their 75th Anniversary and from that I was privileged to lay a wreath on (13th November) at Villers-Brettoneux, the site of the Australian National Memorial.
I managed to find my issue "slouch" (after nearly 40 years) and wear it with justifiable pride."
The second, a group photo, is of Brian at the Ceremony at Menin Gate, Ypres at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month this year. Yes! You may take a second look - the chap on Brian's right is enquiring about the three medals Brian is wearing on his right breast, Pip, Squeak and
Brian explains - "My Uncle's medals as I would be visiting his grave at Dickkebuch later that day. Not really amateur radio but an illustration of our ties with our Commonwealth Signal Corps. The man second to my right was a WWI veteran of 104 years of age. Blinded in the conflict."
Brian adds: "To the memory of the Regimental Boy soldiers of the Royal Signals who served at Beverley East Yorkshire - No.6 (Boys) Training Regiment, I have dedicated a new website."
There is coverage of a virtual replica of a Vimy Ridge scene and THIEPVAL MEMORIAL and the intended Visitor Centre on our Web Master's Town Twinning Site.