I have received this report from Serge Comini, regarding the exhibition and book launch weekend at La Gorgue, France
“On Saturday, September 15th 2018, Serge Comini and his association of volunteers (“Abbey de Beaupré Etude et Sauvegarde du Site (ABESS)”), had the joy and the honour to welcome eleven families from Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom to La Gorgue, France.
A large majority of these families had relatives who served with the RFC at the aerodromes of Merville and La Gorgue in the Beaupré peninsula.
This “Gathering of Memory and Fraternity” coincided with the launch of Serge’s book entitled ‘Abbaye Notre-Dame de Beaupré-sur-la-Lys, des Hommes sur les terres et les chemins des Dames’.
The book, which contains more than 400 pages, tells the story of these aerodromes and contains more than 300 biographies of Airmen of the Great War and more than 700 photos.
In addition to the book launch, there was an exhibition of photos, documents and archaeological objects recovered from the site of the abbey, which date from the time that the Squadrons were based there.
The weekend, which was organised jointly with the municipality of La Gorgue, also included a commemoration service at the communal cemetery, followed by a buffet and Vin d’Honneur.
A busy day, full of emotion, under a more than mild sky, which made it possible to forge strong bonds between the participants.
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