As part of the visit by the ‘Overstrand In The Great War’ Group to the Battlefields of the Western Front a wreath was laid on behalf of the village at the Menin Gate Ceremony.
“The Last Post, the traditional final salute to the fallen, is played by the buglers in honour of the memory of the soldiers of the former British Empire and its allies, who died in the Ypres Salient during the First World War. It is the intention of the Last Post Association to maintain this daily act of homage in perpetuity.”
Tim, Jill, Pete and Martin attended the ceremony to honour the men from Overstrand who were killed in the Great War.
The 5 day visit to Ypres and The Somme areas of Belgium and France followed the publication of the book written by Tim Bennett. Memorial crosses were laid at the graves and memorials of 18 men, including Private William England, featured on the cover of the book, and Charles Bumfrey whose relatives live in Overstrand, Cromer and Northrepps.
photograph courtesy of the Last Post Association
photograph Martin Dennis
Menin Gate Ieper (Ypres)
Memorial for ‘Tommy Ritchie’ of Overstrand on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing. He lived at ‘Overstrand Lodge’