Buyscherre Church

Buyscherre Church


Following six months spent in action on the Belgian coast at Nieuport Bains, the Heavies received orders to move to Buyscherre, a village in a rest area about 8 kms from St Omer, arriving there mid-afternoon on 6 December 1917.

Walter Wright describes how the Heavies enjoyed a well earned rest: "Sports and football matches were arranged, and passes readily granted into St. Omer. In this pleasant manner the time drew on to Christmas, for which great preparations were made. All sorts of good things appeared, and after much arranging it was found possible to provide the troops with a good dinner, including Christmas pudding and beer. Negotiations were concluded with an estaminet proprietor, and his cafe used as the mess room for the occasion, the men sitting down in two parties. Needless to say, there were many happy souls in Buyscherre that Christmas night."

On 26 December 1917 orders were received for the Battery join the 1st ANZAC Corps. Although a start was made, a heavy snowstorm followed by a hard frost meant that the roads became practically impassable and after 8 kms the journey was abandoned with troops and horses returned to Buyscherre. It was not until 12 January 1918 that a thaw made it possible for the Heavies to complete their journey.

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