French Flanders & Artois WW1 Events

Chapel and graves at Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery (Notre Dame de Lorette)

This page provides information about events related to the First World War taking place on and around the French Flanders and Artois battlefields. Index to the listings:

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Remembrance Ceremony

Weekly Act of Remembrance: Souvenir Flame

Lantern Tower at Notre Dame de Lorette French cemetery

Sundays (Palm Sunday to 11 November inclusive) at 11.45 hours

Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery (Notre Dame de Lorette), Souchez

Each Sunday from Palm Sunday to 11th November at 11.45am the “Souvenir Flame” in the centre of the cemetery is rekindled by the leader of the Honour Guards on duty that day.

Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery (Notre Dame de Lorette), Souchez

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Official Ceremony of Remembrance

Sunday 9 November, 2014 at 11.00 hours

Location: Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Details of the ceremony will be posted on the Veterans Affairs Canada website:

Website: Vimy

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Inauguration of the International Memorial

Tuesday 11 November 2014. Time to be confirmed.

Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery (Notre Dame de Lorette), Souchez

A new memorial will be dedicated to the 600,000 Servicemen of all nationalities who died in French Flanders and Artois on the Western Front between 1914 and 1918. The memorial has been designed by the architect Philippe Prost. It will be located south east of the necropolis.

For a short video representation of the memorial to be completed in early 2014, see:


For our information page about the French national cemetery and necropolis see:

Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery (Notre Dame de Lorette), Souchez

Informal Ceremony of Remembrance

Tuesday 11 November, 2014 at 11.00 hours

Location: Canadian National Vimy Memorial

An informal ceremony will be led by the student Canadian guides. Details can be obtained from the Veterans Affairs Canada website:

Website: Vimy

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

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

The Western Front Association logo

Centenary Event by The Western Front Association: Service of Remembrance

Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras

Wednesday 13 August 2014

Time: 17.00 hours – 18.30 hours

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 event is open to W.F.A. members, family and friends to attend. The public will also be welcome to join us at this Centenary commemoration event.

  • Parade from La Citadelle to Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery
  • Ceremony including W.F.A. President's Address and Readings by Young W.F.A. Members
  • Music by Côr Meibion De Cymru (South Wales Male Choir)
  • Somme Battlefield Pipe Band
  • Dover & Deal Sea Cadets, T.S. Lynx, Middlesex & North West London Army Cadet Force, & Air Training Corps Cadets
  • Royal British Legion Standards
  • Souvenir Français Standards
  • Last Post by the Last Post Association Buglers (Ypres)
  • Exhortation & Wreath Laying
  • Surrey Chapter UK Commemorative Journey Motorcycle Riders
  • Aircraft Flypast (subject to authorization)
Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras

For information about and location of Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery see our page:

Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras

See our page for Events on the Somme Battlefields for further information about The Western Front Association Memorial Flight on the morning of 13 August 2014:

The Western Front Association Memorial Flight, Glisy

For more full details about this and the other WFA Centenary events for 10 - 13 August 2014 see The Western Front Association website at:

Website: WFA Centenary Events August 2014


The Coal Field in 1918: A Devastated Landscape

18 April - 31 August 2014

Mining History Centre, Fosse Delloye, Rue d'Erchin, B.P. 30039, 59287 Lewarde

To mark the centenary of the First World War the Museum of Mining History, Lewarde, is devoting all of its exhibitions to the coal fields of the area during times of conflict. This exhibition is a series of photographs from the town of Lens and shows the destruction of the mining buildings.

For information about the museum and visitor information see the website:


Telephone: +33 (0)3 27 95 82 82

Les Désastres de la Guerre (The Disasters of War) 1800-2014

28 May - 6 October 2014

Louvre-Lens, Rue Paul Bert, 62300 Lens

The exhibition presents over 400 works of art arising from disenchantment with war, considered above all as a dealer in misfortunes from the Napoleonic campaigns in the early years of the 19th century to the present day.

For information about the museum, opening hours and admission charges see the web page:

Website: informations-pratiques


Telephone: +33 (0)3 21 18 62 62

Opening of the Battle of Fromelles Museum

Friday 18 July 2014

Rue de la Basse Ville, 59249 Fromelles

A new museum incorporating collections of the Association Fromelles-Weppes - Terre de Memoire 14-18.

Journeys of Remembrance

Europe Run to Unity

10-21 June 2014

Starting at Nieuwpoort in Flanders, Belgium, and finishing at the EU Parliament in Strasbourg, France, a relay run will be made by runners covering 1050 kilometres along the length of the Western Front.

For more information about the run, the route and dates when the runners will be passing through the Artois battlefields, you can find out more from the Facebook page:

Website: Europerun.tounity

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