29 November 2017
Cambrai 100: View from the turret
The 100th anniversary of the First World War battle best-known today for the role played by tanks was marked last week at CWGC cemeteries in France, where many lost in the fighting are now buried. The Commission’s Assistant Director General Mike Bullen, himself a former member of the Royal Armoured Corps, accompanied CWGC Commissioner Sir Bill Rollo at a service at the end of the commemorative week. Here he reflects on the commemorations and the battle’s impact on the use of arms today.
The CWGC cemetery containing the graves of First World War poets Lance Corporal Francis Ledwidge and Private Ellis Humphrey Evans – better known as Hedd Wyn – is being restored a century after their deaths.
Today, 21 February, marks 101 years since the sinking of the SS Mendi and is also South Africa’s Armed Forces Day. The sinking was one of the worst maritime disasters in British waters, and among the darkest moments of South Africa’s war. The number of lives lost was second only to the casualties suffered by the South African Brigade at Delville Wood during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.