Ian Riley Posted 22 February , 2008 Share Posted 22 February , 2008 Is there anybody out there with an active interest in commemorating the action of the 55th (West Lancashire) Division at Givenchy, April 1918 The 55th Division stoically and heroically defended Givenchy and Festubert between 9th and 15th April 1918, holding an open left flank when the Portuguese Division on their left gave way. They were proud enough of their performance here to place their fine memorial at the top of the Givenchy main street. Givenchy Village has a hall that was a post-war gift from the people of Liverpool (and I think that this is a similar commemoration of Southport in Festubert) Through the Liverpool Scottish Museum, I was contacted the other day by an Australian gentleman with an interest in the 55th Division who enquired whether there were any plans to commemorate this action in the coming April. My immediate answer was 'No'. On reflection, it seems a shame that this aniversary should go unmarked particularly as the site of the action is where the 55th Division Memorial stands. We will probably (hopefully) arrange for a French friend to lay a Liverpool Scottish wreath on the Givenchy memorial (he is on holiday this week so I cannot contact him) and a 55th Division one if we have some funding. Another forum member (an enthusiast for the 7th Bn. King's Liverpool Regiment) has expressed an interest privately and may be able to arrange things (depending on work commitments) to go over on, say, Saturday 12 April which is a day that would also suit our Australian friend who works at The Hague. I am not sure that I can afford the time (or the money) given other things I have to do here but I am prepared to try and stir up some interest. Our French friend might be able to generate some civic interest in Givenchy. I will be contacting Liverpool Town Hall to see if they will fund a civic wreath and the local Liverpool press just get some coverage (maybe). I am aware that there may be Forum members who are out there in any case and who might be interested and there may be those who will be over there at the time. I would just want to co-ordinate a time at which people might meet at the 55th Division memorial to pay their respects on, as suggested, Saturday 12th April. It seems to me that even a small group meeting together is much more appropriate than individual acts of remembrance. If you are interested, could you let me know by PM or e-mail. Ian Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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