Volunteer Firefighters from Wonthaggi Fire Brigade, Victoria, Australia, will travel to France to pay their respects to a former Wonthaggi Fireman who was killed in action near the town of Albert in 1916. A commemorative service will be held including wreath laying at the grave of Cpl John Sparks AIF with volunteer firemen in full dress uniform and other dignitaries in attendance.
Short parade to the memorial - 100 metres - followed by a service inside the Arras Memorial. The service is for members of Masonic Lodges in honour of Lt Col Webb VC and his soldiers. Col Webb survived the war and is buried in Lewisham, London. This memorial service is in respect of his fellow brothers and soldiers who were killed in action.
Cornish miners from Dolcoath mine in Cornwall joined the 25th Field Ambulance in 1914. They were stationed at Estaires and early in 1915 played three rugby matches there (between Cornwall and Devon men) after a local club sent out a ball. 100 years on, the great great grandson of one of these men is in Camborne Youth Band and has his bugle. He and the band will play at the graveside of Thomas Penhorwood, one of the Cornish rugby players who was killed at Aubers Ridge.
The parade will start at 12.30pm in Muscovy Street and proceed through Trinity Square Gardens to the Merchant Navy Memorial where the annual open-air service will be held.
After an enforced absence of more than 12 years, staff from the Commission have made a historic return to Iraq.
Today (15 June) marks 100 years since Edward Harold Brittain – the brother of writer and Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D.) nurse Vera Brittain – was killed in action while serving on the Italian Front.