Commemorating the capture of Riqueval Bridge : 29 & 30 September
30 Sep

The Western Front Association Plaque commemorating the capture of Riqueval Bridge was removed earlier this year for refurbishment. It will be be restored to its brick plinth in a ceremony at the Riqueval Bridge at 4pm on Saturday 29 September

This commemorates the capture of the bridge 100 years ago by a company of the 6th Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment, and a detachment of Royal Engineers.

There will also be a service to rededicate the Plaque on Sunday 30th September.

Attendees should book in via the local tourist office.

Present at the ceremony on 30th September 2018 will be Lieutenant Colonel Mark Bailey, great nephew of Corporal Ernest Young who was awarded two Military Medals for his gallantry in action on the canal.

Brigadier Jim Tanner, from the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, will also be in attendance at the ceremony, along with Professor Gary Sheffield, Vice President of The Western Front Association and other historians including Clive Harris.



9.00 am Meeting a Riqueval site (Bellicourt) for a bus ride to the various places of commemoration.

9.30 am Commemoration at the Bellinglise Australian Memorial in memory to the Australian soldiers. 

10.15 am Commemoration at the Riqueval Bridge in memory to the British soldiers.

11.00 am Commemoration at the Bellicourt American Memorial in memory to the American soldiers.

11.45 am Opening ceremony of new location of the 30th US Division stele at Riqueval site, release of doves and visit of the military camp. 

12.30 pn Officials’ speeches



9:00 am Meeting at Riqueval Site (Bellicourt) for the bus to the different locations where ceremonies will be taking place.


9.30 am Remembering the 4th AIF Division at the Memorial of Bellenglise

Setting the Historical Context : Mr Cobun will talk about the events of 29 September 1918


Waltzing Matilda (SPB)


The Act of Remembrance  (in English then in French)                                                                            

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, not the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning                                                                      

We will remember them … 


The Last Post

A Minute’s silence     


The Reveille

Lament ‘Lochaber No More’  by Pipe Major Yves Holbecq



Advance Australia Fair

La Marseillaise


Epitaph de Kohima

“When you go home tell them of us and say: “For your tomorrow, we gave our todayF”


Wreath Laying

Abide with me  

9.30 am Commemoration at the Bellenglise Australian Memorial in memory of Australian Soldiers

10.15 am Commemoration at Riqueval Bridge in memory of British Soldiers


Order of Ceremony

Setting the Historical Context : Brigadier Jim Tanner



British Musical Set

It’s a long way to Tipperary

Put your troubles in your old kitbag

Keep the Home’s fire burning


The Act of Remembrance

Ms Kathy Stevenson


The Last Post

Two minutes of silence

The Reveille



The Flowers of the Forest by Pipe Major Yves Holbecq


National Anthems

God Save the Queen

La Marseillaise


Epitaph de Kohima : Ms Olivia Smith        

“When you go home tell them of us and say: “For your tomorrow, we gave our today”


Wreath Laying

Bonnie Black Isle        


11.00 am  Commemoration at the Bellicourt American Memorial in memory of American Soldiers

Order of Ceremony


Post Colours

Raising the flag by the Commémo Rangers Association


National Anthems

The Star-Spangled Banner

La Marseillaise


Setting the Historic Context with Mr Stéphane Bonnouvrier


Wreath Laying

A Minute’s  Silence

Amazing Grace


11.45 am Inauguration of the new siting of the monument to the US 30th Division at the Riqueval site.


12.30 pm Speeches by Officials


Please email the Tourist Office at Vermandois to confirm your attendance before 21 September





+33 (0)3 23 09 37 28


Read an article HERE > about the crossing of the St Quentin Canal by the 46th (North Midland) Division: To Cross the Rubicon You Need… Life-Jackets!


IMAGE: Battle of St. Quentin Canal. Brigadier-General John Vaughan Campbell VC addressing men of the 137th Brigade (46th Division) on the Riqueval Bridge over the St. Quentin Canal (part of the German's Hindenburg Line) which they crossed on 29 September 1918 IWM (C) Q 9535. If you look closely you can see that some of the men are still wearing their life-jackets. 



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