Passchendaele Salute 2017 Fort de Seclin, Route Du Fort, 59113, Seclin, France.
7 November 2017 - 12 November 2017
Tues 7 November 2017
Guns loaded by John Slough at Old Forge, Peterchurch, Hereford HR2 0SD. Transport to Joseph Ash Medway, Eurolink Industrial Centre, Sittingbourne Kent ME10 3RN. Meet Matt Strange and Mike Peacock.
Wed 8 November
Guns transported via P&O Ferries to Fort de Seclin, 59113, Lille France via Calais, www.fortseclin.com Unload and park guns in gun park and lorries in lorry park. Andy Spatcher with horses drives direct to P&O Ferries, Dover and onward to Fort de Seclin. Also Norman Grundon. David Moortgat arrive at Fort and load shells Cadets arrive at Fort de Seclin, and guard guns overnight. Gunners and volunteers make their own way to Seclin, just south of Lille. Seclin is about 60 miles from Calais by motorway and 3 miles from Lille airport. Check in at local hotels (see attached hotel list).
Thurs 9 November
09.00 onwards Briefing and rehearsal for gunners, volunteers, horses, cadets, staff, chaplain, Alan Brydon, Pipe Major Mark Bissett. Some guns to be placed facing rearward to the left of firing positions, others to be placed ready in firing position
Fri 10 November
09.00 - Remaining guns placed in position, some drawn by horses, some man- handled, under the command of W.O. Craig Thomson-Hay and Sgt Alan Bould. Guns inspected by John Slough and Craig Thomson-Hay when in position.
10.45 - High Commissioner arrives, met, greeted and escorted by a Royal Artillery Officer.
Drumhead Service 11.00
Prayers, Reflections Hymns: O Valiant Hearts I vow to Thee my Country Road to Passchendaele performed by Alan Brydon and Pipe Major Mark Bissett
100 Gun Salute
Officer in charge of the firing field on the day: Master Gunner Ret'd Les Smith. All commands issued by him.
Guns numbered 1 – 16, firing positions clearly marked with number and numbered ammunition box in place. On command gunners and cadets 'Stand to'. On command 'Take post' Gunners take up their position at the guns. A cadet takes post with Artillery pennant named for an Allied country at each gun. Command: 'Load'; then
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