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.
SUNDAY IN BRIEF
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
SUNDAY IN DETAIL
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
Lament ‘Lochaber No More’ by Pipe Major Yves Holbecq
Advance Australia Fair
Epitaph de Kohima
“When you go home tell them of us and say: “For your tomorrow, we gave our todayF”
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 Flowers of the Forest by Pipe Major Yves Holbecq
God Save the Queen
Epitaph de Kohima : Ms Olivia Smith
“When you go home tell them of us and say: “For your tomorrow, we gave our today”
Bonnie Black Isle
11.00 am Commemoration at the Bellicourt American Memorial in memory of American Soldiers
Order of Ceremony
Raising the flag by the Commémo Rangers Association
The Star-Spangled Banner
Setting the Historic Context with Mr Stéphane Bonnouvrier
A Minute’s Silence
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.