Privilege to remember the fallen

I was privileged to join a party of 27 men and women on a visit to just a few of the many First World War cemeteries in Northern France and Belgium.

One man, now 93, drove one of the landing craft used at Gold Beach on D-Day.

The help and courtesy shown by the trip’s organisers was exceptional as was the welcome given us by the staff at the French hotel.

For the sake of the mainly elderly in the party our coach driver made every effort to get as close to the war cemeteries as was possible i.e Menin Gate (where my partner laid a wreath for her father who fought in Mesopotamia and her two brothers both killed in the Second World War) and Fromelles.

The three-day trip included a visit to La Coupole, the intended launch site of the V2 rocket.

I would recommend anyone thinking of going to the war cemeteries to contact It’s a company that caters for small parties and they could not be more helpful and any profits go to the Commonwealth War Graves.

Brian Silsby

Ashford Road