The Lancashire Fusiliers
Moscow & Saint-Petersburg,
Hope you are well. So... much has happened in the intervening time and one upcoming thing which might be of interest to you.
I've returned to live in the UK now, but that hasn't meant the end of my association with the Russian L.F club... far from it. In fact, what I'm arranging to do is to bring the Russian lads over for the 100th Anniversary of the Somme.
What we will do is work with the Great War Association and we shall be representing the 1st Battalion L.F. The plan is we will go to Mailly Maillet, Beaumont Hamel and of course, the Sunken Lane.
I don't have all the concrete details at the moment, but the crux of it is we would sit and wait in the lane at 6:30 in commemoration of what happened there 100 years before. At 7:30 - the time of the attack, is when our reconstruction would conclude, whereupon we will line up in the lane and walk to the Remembrance Service along with the general public.
So... my question is if any real L.F'ers will travel to France for this? I think it would be very important to bring this up on any Association agendas as soon as possible, since the world is probably going to descend on the area, and I suspect available accommodation in the area will be snapped up long before the event. (we ourselves are going to make a historical camp in Mailly Maillet)
As always, hope you're in good spirits getting ready for the Christmas/New Year period!
Just to brighten up these winter days, and for a change of pace I thought I'd send a selection of photographs from Pavel's summer trip to Crimea including visits to Inkerman, Sevastopol and Balaclava. Hope they are interesting!
With Seasons Greetings and our best wishes for a happy 2012 both for yourself, and to all the L.F veterans from Pavel, me, and the 'Russian' Fusiliers!
The Picture were taken at their
Saint George's Day party.
Sorry it's been a while since I last wrote, it's been a hectic time recently what with working and living in Russia and wrestling with all the bureaucracy that comes with it!
Anyway - first off, all the Russian Fusiliers were sorry to hear that you had been ill, and they all hope that you are feeling much better now. Since I last wrote they have been continuing their activities commemorating the history of the regiment and telling people in Russia about the role the British Army played both in the Great War and WWII.
As always, here are a new selection of photographs from various events and their annual St George's Day party.
With warmest regards to both yourself and all of the LF veterans,
were taken at their
Hope you and all veteran Fusiliers are all doing fine in Bury!
I'm back in Dear old Blighty for a short time so I thought I'd send you another selection of Russian Fusiliers photographs - a mix of WW1 and WW2. We hope you like them!
As always, Pavel, Nicolai, myself and all the lads are truly honoured that you've given us a special page to show the photographs.