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Webmatters : The Wellington Quarry Arras: Armistice Commemoration 2008
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Arras

The Wellington Quarry

Eve of Armistice 2008

The memorial has become a place of commemoration and activities in connection with the Battle of Arras.

Gathering visitors

Gathering visitors

On the 10th November 2008 in the teeth of a bitterly cold wind a short ceremony was held to commemorate the regiments who had passed through Arras on their way to battle.

Each poppy on the wall marks a represented battalion

Each poppy on the wall marks a represented battalion

In June 2009 Arras lost its own regiment marking a break with a long military tradition of being a garrison town. Amalgamations happen everywhere and it was remarkable that less than a dozen modern British regiments were able to lay wreaths on behalf of over a hundred battalions from 1917.

Despite the chilling wind numerous French veterans attended as well

Despite the chilling wind numerous French veterans attended as well

Children read letters by British and German soldiers

Children read letters by British and German soldiers