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Former Vice Chairman attends Neufchatel-Hardelot ceremony

06 July 2016

On 3 July, former CWGC Vice Chairman, Air Chief Marshal Sir Joe French, attended a commemorative ceremony to honour the memory of 23 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried within Neufchatel-Hardelot Churchyard in France.

The village, which is some 13 kilometres south of Boulogne-sur-Mer, was the home of the 25th General Hospital during the war.

Members of the local community have appealed to families in the UK for information, as they piece together the personal stories of the soldiers buried in their churchyard.

One of those uncovered stories is that of Lieutenant Bertram Noble who was posted to France in March 1916. He fought in and survived the opening day of the Battle of the Somme - serving with the Lancashire Fusiliers - but drowned in an accident while swimming off the nearby beaches of Hardelot Plage.