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I have visited the region on quite a few occasions, even led some battlefield tours and you are correct, there are almost no specific commemorations of the activities of the constituent regiments.

The exception is the bridge at Nimy (Mons) where there is a memorial plaque that marks the spot where Lt Maurice Dease and Pte Sid Godley won the two first VC's of the Great War. A ceremony takes place there annually on the anniversary date.

It isn't that the constituent Fusilier regiments are less notable than others, instead it's difficult to find any specific commemorations dedicated to individual units. If you want to find references to our regiments you need only look in the CWGC cemeteries - few don't have a regimental member interred therein.

Most specific memorials are to larger formations. The Empire and Commonwealth forces seem more inclined to raise memorials - you can find such dedicated to the Australian 4th Division AIF, the Newfoundland Division (near Beaumont Hamel), the Indians (at Neuf Chapelle) and of course the Canadians at Vimy.

The Newfoundland memorial on the Somme includes one to the 29th (British) Division of which the 86th (Fusilier) Brigade was a constituent from 1915 to the end of the war.

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