July 1st. 2019 – On the Somme with the 10th Essex Living History Group.
The 1st July started at 6am for the group members camping at La Boisselle. We formed up at 0650am and marched the short distance to Lochnagar Crater, for the service of rememberance,during which Sgt Gage escorted Claudie while she laid a wreath to the fallen who had fought their on that day in 1916.
After the service we marched back to our camp site following behind a superb local pipe band. Breakfast, was followed by a cross country march to Becourt cemetery to remember the 26 Essex soldiers now at rest in this tranquil location. We also while at Becourt placed a small plaque on the grave of Lt Col Radcliffe to remind visitors that the Colonel died as Colonel of the 10th Essex on 31st January 1916.
From here we drove to Albert Communal cemetery where a number of 10th Essex soldiers are buried, one of these was a 2Lt H E Hudson the first officer casualty of the Battalion of the war he was shot in the head by a sniper while in the trenches at La Boisselle.
After lunch we travelled to Montauban de Picardie to hold our own group rememberance service for the men of the 10th Essex who fought on that day in the now green and tree lined fields to our front and helped by their sacrifice to capture the village from its German defenders.
We ended our day tired ,but happy to be on this sacred site, and in such good company.