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Offline wendyg

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Manchesters' Memorial
« on: September 27, 2013, 03:02:16 PM »
I recently discovered this photo of the Manchesters' Memorial which is outside the Mairie at Francilly-Selency.  It faces the battlefield area where Wilfred Owen was in action with the 2nd Manchesters in April 1917

Can anyone tell me any more about it?
Wendyg

Offline kingo

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Re: Manchesters' Memorial
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2013, 06:16:02 PM »
Wendy. This is from Robert Bonners excellent book "Wilfrith Elstob here we fight. Here we die" available from the Regimental museum book shop.Several of the members of this forum were present at the unveiling ceremony.
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Re: Manchesters' Memorial
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2013, 08:46:01 AM »
Wendy, hi!

Kingo has another photo of that day, which includes
.Several of the members of this forum were present at the unveiling ceremony.
that was also published in the same book.

Come on Kingo, let's see that 'un too   ;D

Wendi
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Re: Manchesters' Memorial
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2013, 09:32:44 AM »
Thanks Kingo and Wendi.   I would love to see the other photo
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Re: Manchesters' Memorial
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2013, 09:47:02 AM »
From the same book.
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Offline george.theshed197

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Re: Manchesters' Memorial
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2013, 10:15:57 AM »
Hi Kingo,
 Don't forget - I still hold the Master Copy of the Vide ;D ;D ;D  (Unabridged version)
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Re: Manchesters' Memorial
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2013, 10:31:15 AM »
I was there- standing with the civilians in the far distance. The vin d'honneur afterwards was good. PhilipG

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Re: Manchesters' Memorial
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2013, 10:50:24 AM »
Nice one Chaps..................

And in all seriousness, we spend hours telling people that we can not identify individuals in photographs, so may I suggest that we name those we can in this photo?

Wendi  :)
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Offline Robert Bonner

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Re: Manchesters' Memorial
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2013, 11:04:32 AM »
I believe that our Kingo is the rather fierce-looking Colour Sergeant on the far left in the second file. George the Shed is lurking amongst the Old Comrades on the right.

The cost of the memorial was generously paid for by a Manchester businessman who had previously served in the RAF.  Sadly no longer with us.
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Re: Manchesters' Memorial
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2013, 12:08:40 PM »
Sorry ;D ;D Bob But I think  I was still taking the video  :o :o
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Re: Manchesters' Memorial
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2013, 12:54:15 PM »
 I was very impressed with the occasion. I was staying in St.Quentin researching the 2nd ,16th & 17th Bns. at the time, the French authorities being particularly interested, as they should be, in the 2nd Bn.(Owen) and the 16th Bn. (Elstob).   Later they became interested, too, in the 17th at Goodman Redoubt, which was a good thing, as a relative was there in 1918. The whole affair was very moving with the bugler in action, of course. Alas, at one point, the poor man "dried up" (easily done), and was unable to sound Reveille   It was impressive the way his officer stepped forward and gave orders in such a way that the whole incident was hardly noticed.     A great day. PhilipG.