The Conseil General's Office for the Aisne in association with the Caverne du Dragon Museum at Cerny on the Chemin des Dames have developed an impressive programme of events and exhibition to commemorate the engagement of British troops alongside French soldiers during the First Battle of the Aisne which commenced in September1914. Visitors to France may like to know what is taking place and include in their itineraries as appropriate.
The main Remembrance event will take place on 14 September 2014, the 100th anniversary of the major battle for the Chemin des Dames, when the BEF suffered heavy losses in failing to gain the ridge at Cerny.
Programme for 14 September 2014
- 9.30 am: Rally at the British Cemetery at Vendresse. The Last Post Call
- 10.00 am: Walk to Cerny-en-Laonnois Memorial
- 10.30 am: Remembrance Ceremony of 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Aisne, Cerny-en-Laonnois.
Benediction in front of the Chapel
- 11.00 am: Wreath laying in the French and German cemeteries
- 11.30 am: Wreath laying at the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment Memorial
Image: Monuments and cemeteries in Cerny-en-Laonnois
In addition, a Remembrance Ceremony for sportsmen and a Rugby Tournament is planned to pay tribute to all sportsmen of all nationalities who suffered or died during the Great War. More details are contained in the information leaflet described below.
"Tommies on the Aisne" exhibition at the Caverne du Dragon
The exhibition tells the story of the BEF's involvement with the French in the fierce fighting that ensued between river Aisne the Chemin des Dames in mid September 1914.
Entrance to the exhibition is free, no need to visit the cavern if you have been before.
The Conseil General's Office for the Aisne have produced a PDF leaflet entitled Remember Aisne 1914 which gives more details of the events together with contact details if more information is required.
Article contributed by Terry Dean.