Rededication ceremony for Lieutenant Leonard Kidd and 2nd Lieutenant Fenton Phillips

12 October 2017 , 11am

A rededication ceremony will be held for Lieutenant Leonard Cameron Kidd MC and 2nd Lieutenant Fenton Ellis Stanley Phillips MC, both of The Royal Flying Corps, at 11am at the CWGC’s Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, France.

Caterpillar Valley Cemetery

Lt Kidd MC and 2nd Lt Phillips MC, 3 Squadron RFC, were killed on 12 October 1916 during the Le Transloy phase of the Battle of the Somme, flying a Morane Saulnier Parasol aircraft. Records confirm they were hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed. Through research it has been established that the two were buried next to each other in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery. The rededication ceremony will be held 101 years after they lost their lives.

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In this video Edward Toms, now 96-years-old, who was badly wounded in the battle but returned in 1954 to take part in the opening ceremony for the El Alamein Cemetery and Memorial, speaks about the horrors he witnessed and the work of the Commission.

20 October 2017

Casualties of El Alamein

Troops from many nations fought side by side in the deserts of North Africa at the Second Battle of El Alamein in October 1942. Ahead of tomorrow’s commemoration at El Alamein War Cemetery marking the 75th anniversary of the battle, here are the stories of some of those who lost their lives.

Colour footage of the building of El Alamein Memorial has recently been discovered in the CWGC archive. The footage is now part of a display about the Commission’s work in Egypt at the El Alamein Museum, which has undergone a complete renovation to mark the battle’s 75th anniversary, thanks to a collaborative effort between many nations, with the encouragement of President Sisi. Here is a sneak peek of the footage.