Betty Webber & I at logeast wood
I am married to a British woman
and I have lived in the village of Achiet-le-grand since 1988.
My wife "Dawn" worked four years for
at Ocean's villers Tea
Room and works now at the Thiepval visitor centre.
During this time, I listened to Avril, her guests, learned about WW1.
After visiting, Achiet-le-grand Communal Cemetery Extension with
Teddy and Phoebe Colligan, the guardians of
the Ulster tower from 2001 until 2011, they encouraged me to explore further the history of the village during
WW1 as we noticed lots of different badges on the gravestones.
It isn't easy to find information about a less well known WW1 area. I
hope that people may have information, photos, personal diaries, soldiers details ect...related
to the history of Achiet-le-Grand.
Chairman of the Somme Remembrance Association
The train station in Achiet-le-Grand was important
to the Germans for evacuating the wounded, getting fresh supplies
and armament. It became a strategic point to get for the British.
In 1916 when the battle of the Somme started, the population of the
village was evacuated because of bombardments from aeroplanes and
artillery. Later, it was entirely destroyed and it took two years
before the people started to come back to live in temporary homes.
The village was awarded the Croix de Guerre because
it had been totaly destroyed during the war.