An application to attend the Remembrance Service on the 31st of July 2017 gained approval sometime in March. So, after after a few days in Brussels myself and Steve (No 2 son) set off to join the other 5,000 at the major cemetery. An immense experience on its own. This time we were watching the many special guests including the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with the Belgian Royals and any number of statesmen and representatives of the armed services.
The photographs below include myself and Steve placing the poppy day crosses on the resting places of great uncles Edwin Hughes and Moses Thackray. Also pictured are just a few snapshots before and after the event. I was pleased to arrange the shot of a handshake of the opposing enactors, sadly I had no prospect of obtaining a football where I would have arranged some shots of a made up football game between the German and British enactors. On reflection I should have got them to pose as if in a football match – they were on a contrived no-mans land – and put the football in at a later time.
Included is a picture of Garrison Sgt Major Andrew (Verne) Stokes (Coldstream Guards) London Division, and his oppo the Garrison Sgt Major of the 1st Battalion the Irish Guards who was responsible for the UK section of this part of the ceremony.