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2016 will mark the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and Regimental Headquarters will be hosting a Battlefield Tour to the area from Friday 16th September to 19th September. The tour will aim to join up with the annual trip to High Wood on Saturday 17th September to commemorate the capture of High Wood and the liberation of Martinpuich.
The cost is £325 per person. This will include 3 nights bed and breakfast in the Hotel Mercure, Arras and a Regimental Dinner in the hotel on Saturday 17thth September. The Fusilier Association London Corps of Drums will provide a display at tis Dinner. Travel on a 50 seat luxury coach and ferry crossing are included.
Friday 16th September. 0900 hrs depart Balham Drill Hal, 213 Balham High Road, London SW17 7BQ. Visit We will visit some of the locations on the front line as at the 1st day of the Somme before checking in to the hotel in Arras. It is planned to attend a Beating Retreat at Albert that evening.
Saturday 17th September. Link up with High Wood trip to attend ceremonies at Longueval and High Wood. It is hoped that time will allow a visit to the Thiepval Memorial and Visitor Centre. Regimental Dinner that evening in the hotel.
Sunday 18th September. All day guided Battlefield Tour led by Lieutenant Colonel Keith Kiddie taking in as many of the battles fought by the Fusiliers as possible. This aspect of the itinerary is to be finalised. A glossy brochure with all details and battlefield maps will be issued on the day.
Monday 19th September. Leisurely return to the UK taking in other appropriate sights as time permits. It is planned to arrive back at Balham late afternoon.
SHOULD YOU WISH TO JOIN THIS BATTLEFIELD TOUR, PLEASE SEND THE ATTACHED PROFORMA TO ME AT HE ADDRESS SHOWN BY 16TH MAY.
Colin Bowes-Crick Whitehouse Cottage
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Please reserve me .places for 16th-19th September 2016
I enclose cheque for £100 per person as a deposit payable to The Royal Fusiliers Association.