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The Western Front Association Commemoration of the Deployment of the British Expeditionary Force in August 1914

4th Bn Royal Fusiliers 22 August 1914Official Centenary National Commemoration Events

by The Western Front Association

Sunday, 10 - Wednesday 13 August 2014

The events are open to WFA members, family and friends to attend. The public will also be welcome to join us in these Centenary commemoration events.

Updated details will be published in the July 2014 Bulletin and on the WFA websites
www.westernfrontassociation.com and www.firstworldwarcentenary.co.uk

Update 26 July 2014: download the latest programme of event (version 2).

Update 30 July 2014: slight modifications to the timings of events listed below

Update 8 August 2014: slight changes to London - Dover events on Sunday

As one of the first major national events to start the Centenary commemorations of 2014-2018 The Western Front Association will commemorate the deployment of the British Expeditionary Force to France. Our commemoration is about remembering the physical movement to France of thousands of servicemen and horses with their associated equipment and all those who made the move possible. The deployment of August 1914 was carried out in two parts: the ground force; and the first British deployment of an air force.

In a series of transport-related events using motorbikes, a horse-drawn wagon, vehicles and aircraft we shall be remembering the first units transported to France from 9 August 1914 by land, sea and air. To mark the 100 year anniversary of this movement to France, The Western Front Association is organising Commemorative Journeys on 10, 11, 12 and 13 August to represent the movement of the land force and the air force to France. The journeys will culminate on the afternoon of 13 August 2014 with a service of remembrance to be held at the Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras Flying Services Memorial and Arras Memorial, Arras, France.

 

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Photo: the restored 1914-18 Mark X GS Wagon at Sledmere House, Yorkshire, in September 2013. This was the first Centenary Commemoration event with the Wagoners' Special Reserve, established in 1913. (Photo: RLC Coaching Board)

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Photo: Crossley Tender and Trailer (Photo: J Freddie. Frot.)

Sunday, 10 August 2014
The Land Force Commemorative Journey: British Expeditionary Force Wreaths to France

Based on the British Order of Battle in the Deployment of the BEF for August 1914, over 80 Regiments and Corps have been identified for representation by a poppy wreath, together with Royal Navy and Merchant Navy representative wreaths. Each poppy wreath will have the relevant badge as its centrepiece, with a card 'In Remembrance' of the occasion from the President and all members of the WFA.

The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) has granted permission for the use of a restored 1915 British Army General Service Mark X Wagon to transport the BEF wreaths from the Poppy Factory in Richmond, Surrey, to central London. The use of the GS Wagon is generously sponsored by The RLC Association. Horses will be provided by The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment from Windsor.

09.21 hours: The BEF Wreaths will depart from Hyde Park Barracks, Knightsbridge, on the RLC Coaching Group restored horse-drawn GS Wagon with four troopers from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. Route of the Wagon and BEF Wreaths: Hyde Park Barracks – Constitution Hill – The Mall – Horse Guards Road – Birdcage Walk – Wellington Barracks at West Picquet Gate.
10.00 hours: The Wagon will arrive at Wellington Barracks, Westminster, where the BEF wreaths will be cross-loaded onto the RFC Crossley Aircraft Recovery Trailer
11.00 hours: RFC Crossley Tender and Trailer and Staff Car will depart from Wellington Barracks in convoy to Dover.

 

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Photo: P&O Ferries Spirit of Britain. (Photo: P&O Ferries)

18.30 hours: On arrival in Dover a ceremony will take place at the Dover War Memorial on Priory Road with a formal handover of poppy wreaths "In Remembrance" of the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy. The BEF Wreaths will be held in secure billets overnight.

Monday, 11 August 2014
The Land Force Commemorative Journey: British Expeditionary Force Wreaths, Royal Navy and Merchant Navy wreaths by sea to France

On Monday, 11 August, the BEF wreaths on the Crossley Light Tender and Trailer will cross the Channel to Calais courtesy of P&O Ferries.

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Photo: Surrey Chapter UK Harley-Davidson Motorbike at Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras. (Photo: Steve Whitmore)

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Photo: Royal Flying Corps memorial on Upper Road, Swingate, Dover. (Photo: Steve Whitmore)

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Tuesday 12 August 2014
The Air Force Commemorative Journey: RFC Squadrons to Dover

The Commemorative Journey on 12 August commemorates the first two RFC fatalities following the outbreak of war. They were killed on 12 August 1914 as No 3 Squadron RFC took off from Netheravon Airfield in Wiltshire to fly to the Royal Flying Corps assembly point at Swingate, Dover. Over 30 members of Surrey Chapter UK on 28 Harley Davidson motorcycles will participate in the Ride. The riders will commemorate the Royal Engineers' Despatch Riders of 1914-1918. The Riders will carry a Royal Engineers BEF wreath from Netheravon to Dover and on to Arras, France, where it will be laid at the Service of Remembrance on 13 August.

The Ride linking the two graves of Lt R R Skene and Air Mechanic R K Barlow takes its inspiration from an idea suggested by Reverend Tony Shutt, vicar at Send Church, Surrey.

09.00 hours Netheravon Airfield, Wiltshire: A first WFA wreath will be laid near the crash site of Lt Skene and Air Mechanic Barlow. WFA Wessex Branch will oversee a short Service of Remembrance in conjunction with the Surrey Chapter UK Riders and personnel from Tidworth Garrison.

10.00 hours Bulford Cemetery, Wiltshire: A second WFA wreath will be laid at Air Mechanic Barlow's grave at Bulford by WFA Wessex Branch in conjunction with the Surrey Chapter UK Riders and personnel from Tidworth Garrison.

12.00 hours Send Churchyard, Surrey: A third WFA wreath will be laid at Lt Skene's grave at Send, attended by WFA Surrey Branch members and Send parishioners. Reverend Tony Shutt will conduct a short Service of Remembrance.

15.00 hours Royal Flying Corps Memorial at Upper Road, Swingate, Dover: A fourth WFA wreath will be laid by members of the WFA Kent (East) Branch in a Service of Remembrance led by branch member Reverend Canon Peter Gausden. This is the location from where the RFC Squadrons Nos 2, 3, 4 and 5 flew to France from 13 August 1914. Following the Service the Riders will cross the Channel to France.

 

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Photo: 1914 Royal Aircraft Factory BE-2c replica. (Photo: Andrew Smith)

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Photo: Tiger Moths of the de Havilland Moth Club. (Photo: John Gilder)

Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Memorial Flight: Arrival of the Royal Flying Corps in France

Location: Aérodrome d'Amiens-Glisy, Rue du Maitre du Mond, 80440 Glisy, France
Latitude: N49º 52' 5.94" Longitude E2º 22' 59.84" (GPS Co-ordinates 49.868317, 2.383289)

Time: 10.00 hours – 12.30 hours

Flypast and landing of a replica BE-2c, to commemorate the landing near Amiens on the morning of 13 August 1914 of the first British aircraft and pilot Lt (later Major) H D Harvey-Kelly, DSO, No 2 Squadron RFC.

Flypast and landing of a contingent of over 20 de Havilland Moth Club aircraft, to commemorate the arrival near Amiens from 13 August 1914 of RFC Squadrons Nos 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Programme Times

10.00 – 10.30 hours: Musical programme by the Côr Meibion De Cymru
10.30 hours: Parade led by Somme Battlefield Pipe Band, Royal British Legion and Souvenir Français standards, cadets and chaplain
10.50 hours: Digger Côte 160 group "1914 French Welcome Committee"
11.00 hours: Arrival and landing of BE2c replica, in memory of Lt. Harvey-Kelly
11.00-11.30 hours: Service in the field
11.30-12.30 hours: Arrival and landing of over 20 aeroplanes from the De Havilland Moth Club, in memory of the first Royal Flying Corps squadrons to land in France

  • First World War music by Côr Meibion De Cymru (South Wales Male Choir)
  • Somme Battlefield Pipe Band
  • Digger Côte 160 Pozières "1914 Welcome Committee"
  • Dover and Deal Sea Cadets, TS Lynx; Middlesex and North West London Army Cadet Force; 282 (East Ham) Squadron, Royal Air Force Cadets
  • Royal British Legion and Souvenir Français standards
  • Field Service
  • Surrey Chapter UK Commemorative Journey motorcycle riders
  • 1914-18 Royal Flying Corps Crossley staff car and light tender

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Photo: Stone of Rembrance at the Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery. (Photo: Joanna Legg)

Wednesday 13 August 2014
Service of Remembrance to Commemorate the Arrival of the British Expeditionary Force in France, August 1914

Programme Times
16.00 - 16.30 hours: Parade from La Citadelle entrance to Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery
17.00 - 18.30 hours: Service of Remembrance

Location: Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery & Arras Flying Services Memorial, Boulevard du Général de Gaulle, 62000 Arras, France
Latitude: N50º 17' 12.75" Longitude E2º 45' 38.48" (GPS Co-ordinates 50.286874, 2.760690)

The BEF wreaths
The 85 BEF wreaths, representing the British Expeditionary Force arriving in France in August 1914, will be carried in the parade from La Citadelle to CWGC Faubourg d'Amiens cemetery by the 81 members of Côr Meibion De Cymru. On arrival at the cemetery, the choir members will hand over the wreaths to the three contingents of cadets, who will have the honour to place the wreaths at the Stone of Remembrance for the start of the service.

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Three cadets will carry a specially crafted 'Broken Tipped' Sopwith Pup replica propeller in the parade. At the start of the service the propeller will be laid on the Stone of Remembrance. During the service it will be laid at the Flying Services Memorial by two serving pilots from the Royal Air Force and the German Air Force.

Service of Remembrance
The service will include an address by the WFA President, music by the choir and band and lone piper, short readings by young WFA members and wreath laying.

  • First World War music by Côr Meibion De Cymru (South Wales Male Choir)
  • Somme Battlefield Pipe Band
  • Dover and Deal Sea Cadets, TS Lynx; Middlesex and North West London Army Cadet Force; 282 (East Ham) Squadron, Royal Air Force Cadets.
  • Royal British Legion and Souvenir Français standards
  • Last Post Association, Ypres, buglers
  • Digger Côte 160 Pozieres "1914 Welcome Committee"
  • Surrey Chapter UK Commemorative Journey motorcycle riders
  • Aircraft flypasts (subject to weather and authorisations)

Parking at the Events in France on 13 August 2014

Memorial Flight Event, 12.00-12.30 hours, Aérodrome d'Amiens-Glisy
There is free parking at the airfield. A large shopping centre with restaurants and cafés is located opposite the airfield at Centre Commercial Amiens Glisy, Pôle Jules Verne.

Service of Remembrance Event, 17.00-18.30 hours, Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras
Free parking is available in a large car park opposite the cemetery, specially reserved for WFA members on the day. Please apply for a parking permit for the car park and include your name and the address for despatch of a parking permit plus your contact telephone number and your email address (if applicable).

Send your request to:

Address: Mrs Joanna Legg, WFA August 2014 Events Co-ordinator, 1 Haywood, Bracknell RG12 7WG
Email - you can send your request by email (if you do not receive an acknowledgement within 48 hours please check if it has been received):  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Telephone: +44 (0)1344 648 775

Young WFA Volunteers

The involvement of young people in the WFA. Centenary events, particularly in the Service of Remembrance at Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, is a key feature. Already over 25 young WFA members, relatives and friends of members aged 8 – 17 have volunteered to participate in the WFA August Centenary Events in France. As Young Ambassadors of the WFA they will assist in key roles as readers and wreath-layers at the Memorial Flight Event and at the Service of Remembrance. A contingent of 30 young people will participate in the events on 13th August from the Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force and Air Cadets.

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Caption: Some of our young WFA volunteers: Thomas; Samuel and Thomas; and Sam

Young WFA members who would like to participate in the 13 August events in France will be very welcome (young people under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times). For contact details see the W.F.A. August Events Co-ordinator below.

WFA Volunteers

Many members and a number of branches are involved in the planning of the WFA August 1914 Centenary events. If you would like to take part in any of the events as a volunteer to help beforehand and/or on the day we would be very pleased to hear from you. Contact the WFA August 1914 Events Co-ordinator (see below).

Branches, Tours and Members Travelling to France for 13 August Events

If you are organizing a tour as a branch, group or individuals to include attendance at the events on 13th August in France we would like to hear from you. Please contact the W.F.A. August Events Co-ordinator (see below) so we can communicate with you regarding important updates.

Accommodation in Amiens, Somme Battlefields and Arras

There is a wide range of hotel, bed and breakfast, self-catering and camping accommodation in the Somme and Arras area. Early booking is advised.

Contact details for WFA August 2014 Events Co-ordinator

Address: Mrs Joanna Legg, WFA August 2014 Events Co-ordinator, 1 Haywood, Bracknell RG12 7WG
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Telephone: +44 (0)1344 648 775

WFA Centenary Events: working in association with:
A number of individuals and organizations in the UK and in France have generously given their time, expertise, support and sponsorship. The WFA is very pleased to welcome them to participate in the WFA special commemoration events. The WFA is proud to lead these events and to assist in bringing people together to share in this significant act of remembrance for the deployment of the British Expeditionary Force at the start of the Centenary commemorations.

  • 1914 Royal Aircraft Factory BE-2c Replica;
  • Aéroclub de Picardie - Amiens Métropole;
  • Cadets: Dover & Deal Sea Cadets, T.S. Lynx – Middlesex & North West London Army Cadet Force – 282 (East Ham) Squadron, Royal Air Force Cadets;
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission;
  • la Communauté Urbaine d'Arras;
  • Conseil Général de la Somme, Amiens;
  • Conseil Général du Pas de Calais;
  • Côr Meibion De Cymru (South Wales Male Choir);
  • Crossley 1914-18 Heritage Vehicles;
  • de Havilland Moth Club;
  • Digger Côte 160, Pozières;
  • Doccombe European Limited;
  • Dover War Memorial Project;
  • Fortnum & Mason;
  • Hercules Propellers;
  • The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment;
  • The Last Post Association;
  • P&O Ferries;
  • The Poppy Factory, Richmond;
  • The Royal Air Force;
  • Royal British Legion UK;
  • Royal British Legion in France;
  • The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) Coaching Board;
  • Simmons and Simmons;
  • Society of Friends of The Museum of Army Flying;
  • Somme Battlefield Pipe Band;
  • Surrey Chapter UK;
  • Tidworth Garrison;
  • Tony Shutt, Priest-in-charge, St Mary the Virgin, Send;
  • Union Jack Club, London;
  • Ville d'Arras;
  • Vauxhall (General Motors UK).

 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery and Memorials:

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Photo: Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery. (Photo: Joanna Legg)

There are more than 2,650 First World War casualties buried in this cemetery. 10 are unidentified. They are servicemen from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died in the Arras sector from 1916. 30 graves are for casualties of other nationalities; many of them are German.

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Photo: Arras Flying Services Memorial at Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery. (Photo: Joanna Legg)

The Arras Flying Services Memorial commemorates 990 casualties from the Royal Naval Air Service, the Royal Flying Corps, and the Royal Air Force, who were killed on the Western Front and who have no known grave.

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Photo: Arras Memorial (Photo: Joanna Legg)

Nearly 35,000 casualties from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand are commemorated on the Arras Memorial. They died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918.

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Photo: Côr Meibion De Cymru (South Wales Male Choir). (Photo: Graham Parker)

The choir was formed in 1982. There are over 80 Choristers and over 100 travelling companions making the trip On Tour to France in August 2014. The choir has generously offered to include both Western Front Association events on 13th August in its tour itinerary. A programme of music has been specially prepared. The Association is extremely grateful for the support of Côr Meibion De Cymru to join with us in this special Act of Remembrance.

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Photo: Crossley Staff Car NA 577. (Photo: Steve Le Grys)

Crossley Staff Car
The Crossley 20/25 Staff Car is a 1909 design. It was selected in preference to Daimler after trials by the Royal Flying Corps in 1913. It is a straight-forward design suited for the arduous conditions of war. Each Squadron had one Crossley Staff Car and had the advantage that it's mechanical parts were interchangeable with the numerous Light Tenders used by the R.F.C. Design speed was 55 to 60 mph with seating for 5 passengers and driver. A removable map reading table was fitted between the front and rear seats.The special twin rear wheels fitted to Light Tenders were also a feature of the Crossley Staff car.

This vehicle, registration NA 557, was found in Bombay in the mid 1960's complete with all original accessories including AA Radiator Mascot. It is one of only two known to exist and the only one to retain its original body. The car has undergone extensive mechanical work in recent years.
(Tom Fryars)

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Photo: Crossley Light Tender. (Photo: Krzysztof Marek Wlodarczyk)

Crossley Light Tender and Trailer
The Crossley Light Tender is a car-derived lightweight general purpose truck and was first ordered by the Royal Flying Corps in 1914. Manufacture continued until the early 1920s. Approximately 10,000 were produced for the Great War with most of the production passing to the RFC Each Squadron had about 8 - 12 Light Tenders which were used to transport spares, personnel and also to tow aircraft recovery trailers.

The design specification was 11 men, 1 Lewis gun, 55mph. Notably, Light Tenders had special rear wheels with two rims which were spoked onto on one hub. After the war large numbers were sold into the civilian market for general haulage. Latterly Crossley Tenders were infamous for their post war role in Ireland during the Irish War of Independence after which they passed from military service.

This vehicle, registration BK 3298, was discovered in 1965 in a garage complete with its orginal aviation body unused from the Great War. Its history prior to discovery is unknown, however its use must have been limited because it still features the orginal optional aerodrome specific 4 gallon fuel tank. Today the vehicle has been mechanically fully restored but left cosmetically untouched and is presented in combination with a period Royal Flying Corps Aircraft Recovery Trailer. The Aircraft RecoveryTrailer was built specifically to recover a single aircraft from the field and so was designed with a number of special features to enable manual loading. Typically each squadron had between 6 and 8 trailers. This combination was used throughout the theatre of war wherever the RFC was deployed, from the Red Sea to the Western Front.
(Tom Fryars)

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Photo: The restored Mark X GS Wagon at Sledmere House, Yorkshire, in September 2013. This was the first Centenary Commemoration event with the Wagoners' Special Reserve, established in 1913. (Photo: RLC Coaching Board)

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Photo: The Last Unknown Soldier from The Battle of Fromelles, 19 July 1916 being driven from Pheasant Wood to the new CWGC Cemetery on a Mark X GS Wagon of the RLC, with Corporal Anthony Bysouth RLC in the Driving Seat, and Horsed by the King's Troop, RHA. (Photo: Ministry of Defence)

The wagon to be used for transporting the BEF wreaths from The Poppy Factory is owned and maintained by the Royal Logistic Corps Coaching Board. It was built in 1915. The metalwork is orginal but much of the wood had to be replaced during its renovation. The Wagon's principal restoration work was done by Nigel Bristow. The wheels were rebuilt by Crofords in Ashford, Kent.

This wagon was used in 2010 at the Dedication Ceremony to transport the coffin of the last soldier to be reburied at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.

De Havilland Moth Club

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Photo: Tiger Moth of the de Havilland Moth Club. (Photo: Graham Parker)

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Photo: Tiger Moths of the de Havilland Moth Club. (Photo: John Gilder)

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Photo: Tiger Moth of the de Havilland Moth Club. (Photo: John Gilder)

Text about the DHMC from John Gilder to follow

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Photo: Replica BE-2c No. 347. (Photo : Andrew Smith)

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Photo: Replica BE-2c No. 347. (Photo : Andrew Smith)

One of the most important technical innovations, which gained maturity in the chaos of the First World War a century ago, was the internal combustion engine. On both motor cars and aeroplanes, the petrol engine reached unprecedented scales of performance and reliability. Its legacy was one of the few positive benefits of the tragedy of war.

In August 2014, nations will gather in France to commemorate the start of the conflict and to remember those who took part. One of the most potentially eye-catching commemorations will be the cross-channel flight organized in conjunction with the WFA, from near Dover, to Amiens by "Biggles Biplane". The authentic replica of a 1914 BE-2c observation biplane will arrive in Amiens on 13 August 2014, 100 years to the day from the arrival of the first Royal Flying Corps aeroplanes which accompanied the British Expeditionary Force.

The 'Biggles Biplane' is a unique replica of a 1914 BE2c, Britain's first purpose-designed military aeroplane. The original was designed at the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough by Geoffrey de Havilland and, created with artillery observation in mind, it was the most stable aeroplane ever built. The work carried out by the BE-2 aircraft was unglamorous, but vital and extremely dangerous. Mapping and photography of the enemy's positions, along with guiding artillery fire, made their crews literally "The Eyes of the Army" from 1914 to 1918.

(Information above on the BE2c courtesy Steve Slater)

Surrey Chapter UK

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Photo: Members of the Surrey Chapter UK at Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras. (Photo: Steve Whitmore)

Surrey Chapter UK is a proudly independent Harley-Davidson riding club with members throughout South East England, Europe and beyond.

The club was formed for the enjoyment of its members to socialise with friends within the chapter and of course ride as often as they can. SCUK is a non-political, very friendly, fun-loving bunch from all walks of life and encourages riders to nominate a social member - usually someone who regularly rides as their pillion. They ride throughout the year and have a very full and varied calendar for every weekend from March to October, including UK and foreign trips, along with many other social events on and off the bike. The club takes our riding seriously and has a safety officer and trained road crew who are always on hand and give members the opportunity to hone their skills by partaking in safe riding courses and first aid training. SCUK embraces the wider motorcycling community by getting together with other like-minded independent Harley-Davidson chapters, attending rallies and is part of the British Motorcycling Federation.

Over the years members of Surrey Chapter UK have supported numerous charity events and local organisations including a homeless hostel, schools for children with special needs and an orphanage in Africa. They have, for example, raised money by riding all the River Thames crossings inside the M25, riding 1000 miles in 24 hours, riding Royal Enfields in India and climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. In total since 2004 SCUK has raised over £88,420 for good causes including the Anthony Nolan Trust, the Tadworth Children's Trust, the Sherwood Park School, the Cancer Research Unit in Guildford, Hampton Court Palace and Headley Court.

SCUK has held 10 battlefield tours over the last 15 years and has visited the Western Front many times and also historic sites such as Crecy, Agincourt and Waterloo.

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Photo: Cadets from the Middlesex and North West London Army Cadet Force laid a wreath at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, 28 February 2014. (Photo: Courtesy of Dehobbyfotograaf.be)

Middlesex and North West London Army Cadet Force

In February 2014 over 50 cadets and staff from the Middlesex & North West London Army Cadet Force travelled to Belgium for a commemorative and educational 1914-18 weekend battlefield tour.

The Western Front Association is privileged that this unit has accepted an invitation to participate in the WFA Centenary commemorative events on 13 August in France. The Army cadets will join contingents of Air Training Corps and Sea Cadet Corps cadets at the morning Memorial Flight and the afternoon Service of Remembrance. They will take part in a parade to the Service of Remembrance, form a Guard of Honour and assist with wreath laying.

 

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Photo: Cadets from Dover and Deal Sea Cadet T S Lynx

Dover and Deal Sea Cadets T S Lynx

The Western Front Association is privileged that the Dover & Deal Sea Cadet unit has accepted an invitation to participate in the WFA Centenary commemorative events on 10th August formally to receive the B.E.F. Wreaths as they arrive in Dover on their journey from London to France.

On 13 August the Dover and Deal Sea Cadets will travel to France to join contingents of the Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps at the morning Memorial Flight and the afternoon Service of Remembrance. They will take part in a parade to the Service of Remembrance, form a Guard of Honour and assist with wreath laying.

282 (East Ham) Squadron, Royal Air Force Cadets

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Photo: Cadets from 282 (East Ham) Squadron, Royal Air Force Cadets

The Western Front Association is privileged that this unit has accepted an invitation to participate in the WFA Centenary commemorative events on 13 August in France. The Royal Air Force cadets will join contingents of the Army and Sea Cadet Corps cadets at the morning Memorial Flight and the afternoon Service of Remembrance. They will take part in a parade to the Service of Remembrance, form a Guard of Honour and assist with wreath laying.

 

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