On the Chance directory of a bullet

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How do I put into words the stories I have gathered in just one day let alone the three weeks I have already been here. Yesterday was a joint ceremony with The British Memorial Association Fromelles meeting relatives who are only here on the chance directory of a bullet. Scottish, English, Irish, French – so many individual stories. A hug from an elderly Scottish man whose grandfather was lost in the war. So much emotion. The service for the fallen. The wonderful wonderful Poppies Concert at Fromelles and the Wadsworth Brass Band which did a version of Bohemian Rhapsody that Freddie Mercury would be proud of – right beside Its long way to Tipperary and Sussex by the Sea – in the most amazing church with outstanding acoustics. To Mayor Jean-Gabriel thank you so much for inviting me to be part of this amazing experience. To Hubert and Theresa – Thank you for your amazing kindness and hospitality xxx and to the French man who came up to me after the service at cobbers – I will always be grateful for the gift.  Thank you xxx

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