Weʼve raised £1,155 to help fund a Memorial Plaque to 24th Field Ambulance to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Award of the Croix de Guerre
- Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, France
- Funded on Saturday, 1st December 2018
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This year on the 22nd October is the 100th Anniversary of the action by 24 Field Ambulance RAMC (TF) which resulted in the award of the Croix de Guerre to the unit by the French Government. To commemorate this, 243 (The Wessex) Field Hospital, 24th's descendant unit, will be parading at St Amand-les-Eaux at the invitation of the Mayor and citizens of the town. They will be accompanied by a group of veterans and ex-members of 243. On the 21st October, a memorial will be unveiled at the School which housed an Advanced Dressing Station. The Headmaster has generously agreed to part-fund this but we have been asked to contribute.
The Memorial will be a marble plaque inscribed with the following words in French and English:
In memory of 24 (1st Wessex) Field Ambulance, 8 Division, VIII Corps, 1st Army, British Expeditionary Force which set up an Advanced Dressing Station in these buildings from 22nd October until 5th November 1918 taking care of 2000 refugees under heavy enemy bombardment. As a token of gratitude, the unit was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French Army Corps North / Northeast on 19th November 1918.
21 October 2018
Above this text the RAMC badge (1914-1918 pattern) as well as the Croix de Guerre will be engraved.
I am now asking all veterans, ex-members of 243, serving soldiers, historians, well wishers, families, local dignitaries and anyone who wishes to contribute to a lasting and unique memorial to those who risked their lives in order to save the lives of vulnerable citizens of France. Please, spread the word to everyone. If we raise in excess of the desired amount, then I will see that the money is split between UK and French ex-service charities.
- 5 months ago
Elaine Smith5 months ago
Well, we were well on our way to target until I received an email from the organiser France side. The memorial is being produced but it will cost over 5000 Euros. Therefore, I have had to double our target. THe school are fundraising as well. Please share and dpread the word. If anyone has contacts with media/newspapers, etc, please let me know! Thank you so much to all those who have donated already.
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Oct 24, 2018
I have seen the monument in the Jardin de Mémoire at Saint-Amand-les-Eaux and would like to support you...
Oct 23, 2018
Well done Elaine for all the work you do to maintain the history of the unit
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Oct 15, 2018
A worthy cause, I served for 24 yrs in the RAMC.In my local church memorial chapel there are 3 who died in the First World War each was awarded the Croix so I'll do my bit to remember.
Oct 14, 2018
Apologies for not being able to give more like I would have like to and to attend St Amand parade due to cirumstances way beyond my control and finances. Please do not judge people.
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Retired Major of 243 (The Wessex) Field Ambulance, 31 years service in the Reserve Forces and now nursing for the Royal British Legion. I have been assisting the unit and our friends from St Amand les Eaux to ensure that this Anniversary is not forgotten