On our France trip in March-April 2018 we attended the Centennial Commemorations for the Battle of Moreuil Wood in honor of my grandfather, David Lee Wetmore, who fought in this battle. This battle is purported to be the last cavalry charge of modern warfare. A reenactment of the charge was performed by members of the Lord Strathcona Regiment of the Canadian Army, which is still an active armored regiment. We also visited other WW1 sites in northern France and Belgium.
The Cavalry Charge Reenactment
March 31, 2018 - Town of Moreuil Honors Canadian Troops
Our B&B, "L'Hortensia Blanc" in the village of Hangest-en-Santerre, France
We found a wonderful B&B about 10km from Moreuil. The L'Hortensia Blanc B&B is a beautiful, large farmhouse in the center of the small village of Hangest-en-Santerre. Our hosts Agnès and Fabrice Lemaire were great and one night we reserved a private "host table" dinner prepared by Fabrice, a gourmet chef...... excellent food and wine!
Other World War 1 Sites Visited
Flanders Field Museum, Ypres, Belgium
Memorials and Remembrances Around the Lochnagar Crater site.
Thiepval Memorial to the Missing and Museum
The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of the British and south African forces who were posted missing in the Somme between July 1915 and March 1918.
Canadian National Vimy Memorial
The town of Albert France and the Somme 1916 Museum
The Somme 1916 Museum in Albert has a 250m long tunnel with life size diorama scenes depicting life in the trenches.
A couple of hours drive from the Somme where we were staying, the Meuse-Argonne area is where most of the American WW1 battles were fought. With the help of GPS we were able to find the remote spot where the famous "Lost Battalion" fought in October 1918. My great uncle Arthur Thompson, who survived, was a corporal with Company "D", 306th Machine Gun Battalion.