Etreux Centennial Ceremony

 

Mike attended the one hundred year commemoration ceremony which remembered the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusilier's battle at Etreux, France. The event, which took place on August 27th, 2014, was well attended, and it included many members of the RMF Association from both Ireland and abroad. 

Etreux British Cemetery Entrance
Etreux British Cemetery Entrance

The Etreux British Cemetery is just north of the village of Etreux.

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Etreux Cemetery from the rear
Etreux Cemetery from the rear

Members of the Royal Munster Fusilier Association and others mill about before the ceremony.

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Final surrender ceremony.
Final surrender ceremony.

The remnants of the 2nd RMF eventually succumbed to far superior enemy numbers and, after exhausting their ammunition, were forced to surrender at 9:15 pm on the 27th of August, 1914. Address is offered by Liam Nolan, Chairman of the RMFA.

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Etreux British Cemetery Entrance
Etreux British Cemetery Entrance

The Etreux British Cemetery is just north of the village of Etreux.

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The following pictures are referenced against the Etreux Battle map on previous page. They follow the geography of the day long battle as it unfolded. Photo's begin at the 'Haut Reve' intersection of roads near the top of the map and then follow southward toward Etreux.

1st Division Memorial at map intersection 'Haut Reve.'
1st Division Memorial at map intersection 'Haut Reve.'

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1st Division Memorial at 'Haut Reve.'
1st Division Memorial at 'Haut Reve.'

This memorial is located near the intersection where the Battle for Etreux began.

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Outside cemetery looking toward village of Etreux
Outside cemetery looking toward village of Etreux

Having been encircled and cut off by the enemy to the south, the Munster's final assault on the German Army took place in this vicinity. The house into which Major Charrier ordered Major Bailey to direct his artillery is visible on the right. Remnants of the orchard still exist on the left hand side of the road. Major Charrier finally succumbed to his wounds near this spot.

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1st Division Memorial at map intersection 'Haut Reve.'
1st Division Memorial at map intersection 'Haut Reve.'

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