News and Events
LIST OF CONTENTS
1. Lothians Annual Lunch Friday 20 July 2012
2. Annual commemoration of the Battle of St. Valery 2 June 2012
3. Lothians Annual Lunch 22 July 2011
4. Lothians Annual Lunch 16 July 2010
5. 70th Anniversary of the battle of St Valery
6. Remembrance at the Scott Monument Monday 2 November 2009
7. Lothians Annual Lunch 21 August 2009
8. 69th Anniversary of the battle of St Valery
The annual lunch will be held on Friday 20 July 2012 at The Steading in Edinburgh. Please contact the Treasurer of the Lothians Association by 13 July to confirm numbers. Pay on the day.
Two committee members represented the Lothians at the annual commemoration of the Battle of St. Valery. Gerry Hunter, whose father S.S.M. Ted Lawrence was one of the few soldiers who escaped from Veules-les-Rose and made it back to the UK, laid the wheatsheaf at the cemetery. Bronwyn Bainbridge laid the wheatsheaf at the Highland Monument. Flowers were placed on the gravestones of Major Usher and Major Younger, courtesy of a vetern of 'B' Squadron. A wheatsheaf and flowers were also placed at the gravestones of the 'B' and 'C' Squadron men and boys who are buried at Cany-Barville.
Photographs are a poignant reminder of the men who are buried in St. Valery-en-Caux and in Cany-Barville
(see the descriptions at: Those who are buried at Cany-Barville and
Those who are buried in the St. Valery Franco-British cemetery
Charlie Foley's grave in Cany-Barville
The Cany-Barville graves of Troopers Bainbridge, Buchanan and Johnson
The Highland Monument towering over St. Valery-en-Caux
The Franco-British Cemetery at St. Valery-en-Caux
The Lothians wheatsheaf placed at the cemetery in remembrance of those who fought and died in St. Valery
The six Lothians graves in the St. Valery cemetery as well as a reminder that there are others there who are unknown and the French: inconnu
The annual lunch was held on Friday 22 July 2011 at The Steading in Edinburgh.
The lunch was held on Friday 16 July 2010.
For a full description of the events of the 70th anniversary in June 2010 of the Battle of St. Valery, in which most
Lothians not already evacuated, missing or wounded, were taken prisoner of war,
see: 70th Commemoration of St. Valery
The Chairman and Vive-Chairman of The Lothians Association, Arthur Symington and Ian Forbes, attended the ceremony in Princes Street on Monday 2 November 2009 (the Monday before Remembrance Sunday). Arthur laid the wreath on behalf of the Lothians and Border Horse Yeomanry. Arthur also laid a wreath at St Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile on Remembrance Sunday.
The Lothians remembered with poppies
Garden of Remembrance
Garden of Remembrance 2
Garden of Remembrance 3
Arthur Symington in line and the piper
Arthur Symington as part of the ceremony
Arthur Symington walking forward
Arhur Symington moving forward
Arthur Symington laying wreath
Lothians and Border Horse cross
Lothians and Border Horse wreath
The Last Post
The Annual luncheon for the Lothians and Border Horse Yeomanry was held on Friday 21 August 2009 at the Masonic Lodge Shrub Park Lane, Leith Walk in Edinburgh. It was attended by friends and family of the Lothians, as well as veterans from the 1st and 2nd line WW2 and post-war. A donated and raffled single malt whiskey was won by Norrie Dye. It was a great success and the date for the lunch next year is proposed to be Friday 16 July 2010.
Lothians Lunch Friday 21 August 2009
Family and friends of the L&BY attended the 69th anniversary of the Battle of St Valery in June 2009.
L&B1 remembered (photo taken June 2009)
Gerry Hunter, Susan and Ian Forbes and Bronwyn Bainbridge represented the 1st Lothians at the 69th anniversary of the Battle of St Valery. There were two veterans present: Andrew Cheyne from the Royal Signals Corps and Frank Madle from the Royal Norfolk Regiment. Raphael Distante, an historian from St Valery-en-Caux arranged the weekend's activities. On the Friday, he took the visitors to: Cailleville, the headquarters of the 51st Highland Division in 1940; Ermouneville, a commemoration to the French who fought at St Valery; Veules-les-Roses, the town to where many fled from St Valery but were captured nonetheless; and the cemetary and church of St Valery.
Chateau at Cailleville - 51st HD headquarters in June 1940 (photo taken June 2009)
Ermouneville monument commemorating the 51st HD - with veterans Andrew Cheyne of the Royal Signals Corps and Frank Madle of the Royal Norfolk Regiment (photo taken June 2009)
The visitors and others went to three places on Saturday to commemorate the battle: (1) Ermouneville, after which all were invited for champagne at the local chateau; (2) St Valery-en-Caux Franco-British cemetery; (3) monument of the stele Labouche boulevard des Belges. After that everyone attended a lunch at the Hotel du Casino in St Valery.
Commemoration at Ermouneville (photo taken June 2009)
Commemoration at St Valery-en-Caux Franco-British cemetery (photo taken June 2009)
On Sunday, there was a ceremony at the Highland Division Scottish monument followed by a luncheon.
Commemoration Scottish 51st Highland Division monument (photo taken June 2009)
We are planning a big event to mark the 70th anniversary of St Valery - 12 June 2010. Why not come and join us? We will keep this site updated with all plans so keep checking back to see how plans are progressing.