New RGLI Memorial dedicated.
Last Thursday (30 Nov), His Excellency joined the Bailiff, the Dean and local civic dignitaries, on a crisp cold morning at Les Rue Vertes in Masnières, to dedicate a memorial to the men of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry (RGLI) who fought there 100 years ago to the day.
More than 300 men of the RGLI were lost in the latter stages of the battle of Cambrai, holding their position at Les Rue Vertes in the face of a fierce German counter-attack. Many were never recovered.
The memorial, formed from a block of Guernsey granite, was the brain child of Chris Oliver and Colin Vaudin who together established the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Trust of which His Excellency and the Bailiff are joint patrons. Its dedication marks the conclusion of a series of commemorations following the progress of the RGLI (known affectionately as the Norman 'Ten Hundred') from their initial conscription, through training, and their departure from the islands in June 1917, right through to their participation in one of the bloodiest of WW1 battles.
His Excellency said in his address that 'The Norman 'Ten Hundred' marched into history 100 years ago. We are about to unveil a monument in lasting tribute to that moment. But as we do, let us dwell on their memory, and on the memory of the countless men and women from all nations who have paid the ultimate price in war in the hope that, through their sacrifice, we may live in the profound hope that we are wise enough to avoid future generations.....ever again......having to endure the same.'