This years Act of  Remembrance comes in 2 parts,

the first part took  place in Groningen ,

in the Netherlands on Monday November the 11th,

PART 2 took place on the Wednesday the 13th of November,

at the Serre Road Cemetery No 1 on the Somme France 

The first set of images show the preparations,

the placing of the flowers and crosses etc,

 prior to the act of rememberance ,

by Menno weilinga , his daughter marjan 

and yours truly, my wife sharon did her bit too 

Menno and marjan

with the exhortation

for the fallen

The image on the left shows that even on such a,

serious occasion , there is a place for a bit of levity 

as menno  demonstrated  with his inimitable style ,  

The last 2 inages on the left bring

to a close , the cemetery part ,

of the day ,but not  the whole of that day .

Menno then took us to a mounument in the park behind the prison,

this is one of the few remaining  signs of where the camp was , apart

from some buildings that were there before the camp.

The images below show the ceremony and shortly after,

 one thing of note , at the bottom of the  3rd image , is the remains of the,wreath we laid the previous year , 

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Below  are the translations from Dutch to

English of both the plaque and the  city information sign ,

 i am Indebted to Guido Blokland   for  doing 

the translations .

This simple street sign on the left 

is about the only other visible sign  of the camp

And so this brings to an end  of part 1

in Groningen .Part 2 the somme starts  below,

with images of the Serre  road No 1  cemetery.

Normally we lay a wreath on the Grave of  A/B C.J PARKES bottom left  image,but as we did and walked back to the car,

Sharon noticed  anther R N D lad  BZ/061 A/B V.G TAY,

RNVR Howe Battalion who died on nov the 13th 1916,

 102 years ago to the date on his headstone 

we add yours today


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