French Flanders & Artois WW1 Events

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

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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 11 November at 11.45 hours 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

Centenary Commemoration: The Battle of Loos, 1915

Saturday 26 September 2015, 10.00 - 13.30 hrs; 16.00 & 18.00 hrs

Loos en Gohelle

A commemoration to mark the centenary of the Battle of Loos, launched by the British and French Armies on 25 September 1915, will take place in the village of Loos en Gohelle in conjunction with the London Irish Rifles. The programme of events is scheduled as follows:

  • 10.00 hrs: Gather at Loos British Cemetery on Rue Roger Salengro
  • 10.30 hrs: Ceremony commences
  • 11.15 hrs: Ceremony ends
  • 11.30 hrs: Parade marches via Rue Roger Salengro - Rue Mirabeau - Rue Thiers - Rue Condé to the Square de la Paix (location of the Monument aux Morts).
  • Unveiling of a plaque to the London Irish Rifles.
  • 12.45 hrs: Parade departs to the junction of Rue Condé - Rue Jean Baptiste Roussel and the house of the Moreau family.
  • 13.00 hrs: Unveiling of a plaque to Emilienne Moreau.
  • 13.25 hrs: Depart for Foyer O Caron.

Spectacle Passeurs de Memoire

At the location of the Médiathèque Municipale (Jardin public – Allée de la fosse 15 à Loos-en-Gohelle) there will be readings of texts staged by a group of young Loossois in partnership with the Cassin College and the Médiathèque.

  • 16.00 and 18.00 hrs: Free but reservation is required.

For further information contact the Mairie at Loos en Gohelle:

Email: contact@loos-en-gohelle.fr

Telephone: +33 3 21 69 88 77

Website: www.loos-en-gohelle.fr

Centenary Commemoration Ceremony & Parade, Auchy les Mines

Saturday 10 October 2015, 14.00 hours

Place Jean Jaurés to Rue de Douai, Auchy les Mines

The procession will pass by the Memorial aux Morts on Place Jean Jaurés. It will go to the memorial in honor of the 9th (Scottish) Division and the 46th (North Midland) Division. The ceremony will end at the Sports Complex Paul Barrois with speeches, followed by hymns sung in French and English by the children.

For further information contact the Mairie of Auchy les Mines:

Telephone: +33 3 21 63 02 02

Website: www.auchylesmines.fr

Anniversary Ceremony: the Battle of Arras, 1917

Memorial Wall at Wellington Quarry, Arras

9 April 2016 at 06:30 hours

Wellington Quarry - la Carrière Wellington, Rue Arthur Delétoille, 62000 Arras (Telephone +33 (0)3 21 51 26 95)

On 9 April 1917, at 05:30 (British time) 24,000 British soldiers emerged from the Wellington Quarry in the south of Arras to start the Battle of Arras, an operation of diversion before the Aisne offensive by the French Army at the Chemin des Dames. They lived in the underground tunnels during the weeks which preceded the Arras offensive.

On 9 April 2016 in the early hours of the morning, at 06:30 hours (French time), in front of the Memorial Wall of the Wellington Quarry, a ceremony of remembrance will take place. This annual ceremony is a tribute to the British soldiers who took part in the Battle of Arras.

This ceremony is open to the public to attend and there will be official representatives attending.

For details of the location of the museum see our page:

Wellington Quarry - la Carrière Wellington, Arras

Anniversary Ceremony: the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Canadian National Memorial Vimy

9 April, 2016 at 15.00 hours

Location: Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Please note that the Visitor Centre will be closed from 14.15-16.15 during the ceremony. Details of the ceremony can be requested from the Veterans Affairs Canada website:

Website: www.veterans.gc.ca Vimy Visitor Information

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

ANZAC Day Wreath Laying Ceremony, Bullecourt

Bullecourt Mairie

25 April 2016, at 14.00 hours and 14.45 hours

Location: Bullecourt

  • Event One: 14.00 hours ANZAC Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Commonwealth and the French monuments in Bullecourt village centre, the Square du Souvenir Français
  • Event Two: 14:45 hours ANZAC Day Commemorative Service at the Australian “Digger” Memorial on the outskirts of the village.
Digger Memorial at Bullecourt

For information about these and other ANZAC Day Services in France and Belgium you can visit the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs:

Website: www.dva.gov.au Commemorative Events

Or make an enquiry at the Musée Jean et Denise Letaille - Bullecourt 1917

Email (Musée Bullecourt 1917): musee-bullecourt1917@cc-sudartois.fr

Telephone: +33 3 21 55 33 20

For information about the Australian Memorial Park Bullecourt see our page:

Australian Memorial Park Bullecourt

Official Ceremony of Remembrance

Sunday 8 November, 2015 at 11.00 hours

Location: Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Please note that the Visitor Centre will be closed from 10.15-12.15 during the ceremony. Details of the ceremony can be requested from the Veterans Affairs Canada website:

Website: www.veterans.gc.ca Vimy Visitor Information

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Informal Ceremony of Remembrance

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

11 November 2015 at 11.00 hours

Location: Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Please note that the Visitor Centre will be closed from 10.15-12.15 during the ceremony. Details of the ceremony can be requested from the Veterans Affairs Canada website:

Website: www.veterans.gc.ca Vimy Visitor Information

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Exhibition

Auchy les Mines: Place of Memory

7-14 October 2015, 09.00-12.00; 14.00-18.00 hours

Salle des fêtes, Mairie, Place Jean Jaurés, Auchy les Mines

  • The daily lives of soldiers and their families
  • Testimonials and memories
  • Art and memories by sculpture M Deschildt.

For reservations and more details contact Bernadette Boukrif at:

Email: bboukrif.auchylesmines@gmail.com

The Battle of Hohenzollern Redoubt

9-10 October 2015, 09.00-18.00 hours

complexe sportif Paul Barrois, Rue de Douai, Auchy les Mines

For reservations and more details contact Bernadette Boukrif at:

Email: bboukrif.auchylesmines@gmail.com

Exposition 1914-1917: Bailleul à l'arrière du front

Poster for 1914-1917 exhibition at Bailleul.

To 30 September 2015

Musée Benoît-De-Puydt, 24 rue du Musée, 59270 Bailleul

Charges: Adults Euros 4,10; concessions Euros 3,20

With extracts from the correspondence of a mother to her son on the front, the exhibition takes you into the privacy of a family from Bailleul during the German occupation (8-14 October 1914) and the presence of the British Army (October 1914 – April 1918). The exhibition focuses on the cohabitation between the inhabitants of Bailleul and the British, and more particularly on the necessary adaptation to this situation. By using multimedia means and by presenting paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and archives, the museum recreates the everyday life in Bailleul during the Great War. The texts and the videos presented in the exhibition are translated into English.

The museum is open every day except Tuesday from 14.00 to 17.30 hours. The museum is closed on Whit Monday, Ascension Thursday, 15 August and 11 November. Group visits daily from 09.00-12.00 and 14.00-18.00 are welcome by reservation at Euros 3,20 per person + Euros 45 for the visit with a guide.

Website: www.ville-bailleul.fr Musée Benoît de Puydt

Email: musee@ville-bailleul.fr

Telephone: +33 3 28 49 12 70

Toys go to War - Le jouet s'en va-t-en-guerre

to 31 December 2018

Musée de la Poupée et du Jouet ancien, Château de Robersart, 59110 WAMBRECHIES

Free

This exhibition is held at the museum of toys on the north-west side of Lille. Old toys depict major events of the First World War on land, air and sea, taking the visitor through key events of the world war in fascinating displays of toys from the beginning of the 20th century.

Opening hours:

  • Wednesday & Thursday, public holidays (except Christmas and New Year) and school holidays: 14.00-18.00 hours

For information about group visits, guided visits and childrens' activities contact the museum:

Telephone: +33 3 20 39 69 28

Email: contact@musee-du-jouet-ancien.com

Website: www.musee-du-jouet-ancien.com

“Earth & Steel”, Archaeology of the Great War

to 23 August 2015

Casino d'Arras, 3 rue Emile Legrelle, 62000 Arras

Admission: Euros 5,00; concessions Euros 4,00

For information see the Arras Tourist Office website agenda page:

Website: www.explorearras.com Earth & Steel

Or contact the Tourist Office:

Arras Tourist Information Office, Arras Town Hall, Place des Héros, 62000 Arras

Telephone: +33 (0)3 21 51 26 95

Fax: +33 (0)3 21 71 07 34

Email: contact@explorearras.com

Website: www.explorearras.com

Lecture

The Battle of Loos

Friday 18 September 2015 from 18.30 hours

Salle d’honneur de la Mairie, Place de la République, 62750 Loos-en-Gohelle

Free

A conference organised as a collaboration between the association “Loos Sur les Traces de la Grande Guerre”, association member Gilles Payen and historian Simon Godly.

For further information you can contact the association:

Telephone: +33 3 21 78 31 29

Email: a.villedieu@wanadoo.fr

Website: asso.sltdlgg.pagesperso-orange.fr

Guided Walks

Guided Walks: Loos en Gohelle Battlefield

The association “Sur les Traces de la Grande Guerre” organises guided walks on the Battle of Loos battlefield. To enquire about dates and arrangements to join in with a walk or to discuss a special arrangment you can contact the association:

Address: Association “Sur les Traces de la Grande Guerre” - Foyer Omer Caron - 1er étage - Place de la République - 62750 Loos en Gohelle

Telephone: +33 3 21 78 31 29

Email: a.villedieu@wanadoo.fr

Website: asso.sltdlgg.pagesperso-orange.fr

Commemoration of the Battle of Loos: Guided Walk

Sunday 27 September 2015 from 09.30 hours

3 rue Lefebvre, 62670 Mazingarbe to Loos en Gohelle

Take part in a hike from “La ferme Dupuich” at Mazingarbe to Loos via Dud Corner British Cemetery.

  • 09.30 hrs: Start from Dupuich Farm, recently opened as a Cultural Centre, and see British soldiers' graffiti written before the battle.
  • 10.30 hrs: depart on the hike from Dupuich Farm in Mazingarbe to Loos

For further information contact Me Lorin, Service Culturel de Mazingarbe, La ferme Dupuich:

Telephone: +33 3 21 69 20 90

WW1 “Living History”

Vendin-le-Vieil: Bivouacs, exhibitions & Son et Lumière

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 September 2015

Rue Jean Jaurés, 62880 Vendin le Vieil

Free

Over two days the association of Le Carnet Vert and the village of Vendin le Vieil are organising a commemoration for 1915. The centre of the village will be the location for a reconstructed bivouac WW1 camp showing life as it was in this village behind the lines of the fighting Front in 1915. There will be music, food and refreshments, performances by Théatre aux Armées, and marionettes. The association of Le Carnet Vert aims to develop and promote knowlege and memory of the military history in the department of Pas de Calais.

  • The Son et Lumière spectacle will take place on Saturday evening from 20.45 hours.

For information email M. Philippe Duriez, President of Le Carnet Vert, at:

Email: lecarnetvert@gmail.com

Air Show

Lens Air Show: Commemoration of the Battle of Loos-en-Gohelle 1915-2015

Lens Benifontaine Air Show Poster

Sunday 20 September 2015 from approx 13.30 - 19.00 hours

Aérodrome de Lens-Bénifontaine - 62 bis rue Pasteur, 62410 Bénifontaine

Free admission

To find out about the programme of aircraft, parachutists, static displays and latest announcements you can visit the website.

Telephone: +33 (0)6 09 50 31 52

Email: organisation@meeting-air-lens.com

Website: www.meeting-air-lens.com

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