A trip to France

I am just back from a few days away photographing a series of WW1 commemorative events organised by the Western Front Association (WFA).  The trip began in Wiltshire, and broadly followed the route of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) in 1914 as it travelled down to Dover – there was a series of ceremonies en route, including for the first two RFC men to lose their lives, killed in a crash shortly after take-off.  Then we headed over to France for commemorative events at Amiens airfield and at Arras, focussing on the arrival of the British Expeditionary Force in France 100 years previously.

It was a very powerful and moving two days as we followed in the footsteps of those men from a century ago.  There were some grand and impressive moments, such as when a Hornet Moth plane landed at Amiens, delivering a poppy wreath it had carried from England; or later, when there was a flypast by an RAF Tornado.  And there were also many quieter moments of reflection and remembrance; the image here is from one such quiet moment, at Browns Copse cemetery, where the beautifully tended roses shimmered in the midday heat.

More images from the events are being published on the WFA’s website and social media feeds.

Flowers blooming in Brown's Copse cemetery, France

Flowers blooming in Brown’s Copse cemetery, France

About simongregor

Photographer, business thinker and tour guide.
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