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|Title:||Centenary of deployment of the British Expeditionary Force August 1914|
|Author:||The Western Front Association |
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Remembering the first to arrive
The WFA's commemorations begin on the morning of Wednesday, 13 August will commence with a Memorial Flight for the Royal Flying Corps over Amiens (France) in the morning (involving a replica BE-2c aircraft, accompanied by aircraft from the De Havilland ‘Tiger’ Moth Club).
A Service of Remembrance in Arras (France) takes place in the afternoon (with the BE-2c followed by a Tornado flypast by the Royal Air Force).
Please see the linked PDF and the WFA`s website (links below) for further timings and details.
A highlight of the ceremony at Amiens will be a celebration of the life of the remarkable Major Hubert Dunsterville Harvey-Kelly DSO of the Royal Flying Corps. Affectionately known as ‘Bay’, Harvey-Kelly was the first British pilot to land in France in 1914 after war broke out.
A wonderful character, he was in the words of a fellow pilot ‘the most likeable of men, famous for his great sense of humour, a noted individualist’. Harvey-Kelly was shot down and killed on 29 April 1917 by Kurt Wolff of the Red Baron's ‘Flying Circus’. A centrepiece of the Amiens service will be an act of friendship and reconciliation between an airman from today's German airforce and the relatives of Harvey-Kelly.
During the next 24 hours, the WFA's convoy of wreaths will reach Arras commemoration location for the afternoon's proceedings.
At the Arras service, the 85 poppy wreaths which set off from London on Sunday will be laid. The wreaths reflect the land and air units that made up the BEF of 1914 (the order of battle).
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