Moreuil Wood 2018

 

 

The countdown to the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Moreuil Wood has begun. The Regimental Society in conjunction with the Regiment has commenced planning this celebration with the intent of having key events take place in two primary locations; Edmonton and France.

Edmonton

The 100th Anniversary of Moreuil Wood parade will be held on Thursday the 22nd of March 2018.  Following the parade, there will be a reception and Open House.  On display will be the four prominent Strathcona paintings by Sir Alfred Munnings.  Further, we will have on loan from Framlingham College and Flowerdew Family, Lt Flowerdew’s Victoria Cross, Death Penny and personal artifacts.  They will be on display for the month of March 2018 only.  I invite you to join the Regiment during this tremendous milestone.  If you are coming in from out of town, the newly built Fairfield Inn & Suites offers a military rate and is very close to Steele Barracks.  We have block-booked 20 rooms for March 21st and March 22nd with a rate of $124 (plus taxes).  Please quote "Moreuil Wood Room Block March 2018", when booking your room.

 

France 

The Regiment will be sending a contingent of soldiers to celebrate the 100th anniversary.  Members of the Strathcona Mounted Troop will re-enact the great charge at Moreuil Wood.  It will culminate with the Freedom of the City of Moreuil.
 
Battle Field Tour:  As many of the Regimental Family has indicated that they plan to be at Moreuil Wood during the 100th Anniversary, the Regiment is also coordinating a user pay Battle Field Tour.  CWO Brian Talty is the OPI for the tour and he has put together an excellent package.  The info is as follows:
 
Who:  All Strathconas and friends are welcome to participate on the Battle Field Tour.  There will be only two buses of participants available, which will be on a first-come, first-serve basis; so get your deposit in early.  Members of the Battle Field Tour will be invited to march with the Regimental Contingent during the Freedom of the City in Moreuil on 31st of March 2018.
 
What: A nominal fee of up to $1900 per person (price could be less based on number of participants).  This included all breakfast and lunch meals, ground transportation while on the tour and hotel accommodations.  This does not include airfare as tt is up to the individual to book their own. Some people want to arrive earlier or stay later or use Aeroplan or Airmiles to purchase their tickets.
 
When:  The RV point will be the Bruxelles airport on 25 March 2018 and the tour ends on 1 April.  The Release Point will be Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris, France).
 
Where:  These are the highlighted areas that will be visited to give you a glimpse of the historical site by day:
25 March – Arrive and move to Ypres, Brussels
26 March – Zonnenbek, Sanctuary Wood, Essex Farm, St. Julien, Passendaele, Tyne Cott Cemetery, Ypres and Menin Gates
27 March – Wellington Tunnels, Notre-Dame de Lorette and Vimy
28 March – Canal du Nord, Bourlon Wood, Cambrai, Flesquieres Tank, Masnieres and Guyencourt
29 March – Somme, Lochnagar Crater, Beaumont-Hamel, Theipval, Pozier and Courcellette
30 March – Namps au Val (Lt Flowerdew’s final resting place), Moreuil Wood, Rifle Wood and Battle of Amiens
31 March – Freedom of the City (Moreuil)
1 April -  Clairière de l’Armistace musée and Charles De Gaulle Airport
 
How: Cash, cheque or E-Transfer deposits of $1000 per person are due on September 1st, 2017 to Lea-Ann Burant at Edmonton Travel.  The cost of the tour will not be more than $1900 CAD, but could be lower as we confirm how many people will be attending.  CWO Talty will contact each of the participants to confirm the balance due once we know how many people are participating. The registration form and payment information can be downloaded at this link.

Regimental Society Fundraiser

Own a piece of Strathcona History

 

You can support Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Regimental Society’s effort to send soldiers to France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Moreuil Wood. 
The Regimental Society has produced an extremely limited run of commemorative lances that will soon be available to the general public.  In recognition of this milestone anniversary, only 100 serialized lances will made.  Since Lt Flowerdew was only 33 years of age when he led his Squadron during this Battle, the serialized lances will be available in either 33 commemorative singles or 33 commemorative sets (each set containing two lances). The final serialized lance will be kept on permanent display in the Harvey Building at Steele Barracks.
Non-serialized, compact size lances will also be available beginning in November 2017.  

Click the picture for more information.

Click this link to download the order form.

If you have any difficulties opening the above documents, please email ldsh@strathconas.ca for assistance.
 

How Can You Help?

If you are interested in supporting the Regimental Society's Moreuil Wood 2018 initiatives, we would first like to thank you for your consideration. For your convenience the Society has a number of donation options available, and we encourage you to visit our How You Can Help page for more information.  It is recommended that if you use the PayPal one time donation option that you please ensure that you make note that your contribution is to be used for Moreuil Wood 2018 by either making a note in the "Please use funds towards" box (see picture to the left) or by sending an email to ldsh@strathconas.ca after you have completed your donation request. 

 

 

Updates

The Regimental Society will be providing regular updates to the Regimental Family through Strathcona Enews.  Those updates will also be available on this page, so do check back regularly. 


Strathcona Enews Moreuil Wood 2018 Updates

January 2017 Update

July 2017 Update