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Bully-les-Mines. Introduction

Bully-les-Mines. Exhibition

Burgh House, Hampstead

A Personal View

Ceremony commemorating the First World War, Bully-les-Mines, France, April 2016

The ceremony was conducted under the auspices of the Municipality of Bully les Mines and the Commonwealth War Graves Commision and took place at Bully cemetery on the afternoon of 23 April 2016

Wreaths were laid by the Mayor of Bully and other representatives of the town


After the Last Post an address was given by the Mayor which was translated by local students.

Following the British and French national anthems, two bands from the local community rendered "It's a long way to Tipperary" and a pipe band performed "Amazing Grace".

The British families present then laid flowers on the graves of their family members. Members of the Bristow and Ridler families paid their respects at the graves of Gunners Baxter, Brickhill and Jinks

Graves1   Graves2

Although it had not been possible to locate the families of these men, the local historians of Bully had prepared a booklet in their memory

Booklet1   Booklet2

The ceremony concluded with a march through the streets of Bully, returning to the site of the exhibition


French Veterans at the Memorial to the French Dead

Veterans1   Veterans2

British families attending the Commemoration


David Robillard, Charge de Mission Devoir de Memoire, Maison du Centenaire, with the families of Major Paris and Gunner Ridler from the Hampstead Heavies


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