A Letter From Burgundy

September 12, 2016

Lavault

Filed under: Burgundy — Tags: , , — Lesley @ 13:23

Last Saturday it was our local memorial service at Lavault, near Epinac to remember the four young lads who lost their lives there helping the Resistance. This year we had the words with us for the Australian National Anthem and we did a better job at singing and even had applause at the end! It was a very moving service and we would like to thank everyone who made it so special.

September 16, 2012

Lest We Forget

Filed under: Events and markets,Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Lesley @ 19:44

Each year, on a wooded hillside just outside the hamlet of Lavault, near Epinac, there is a remembrance ceremony for the four young RAF airmen who died when their Halifax bomber crashed. They were dropping supplies to the local French Resistance and unfortunately failed to clear the hill in the dark.

The four who died were Owen Smith-Pilot, William Christie-Co-Pilot, Sonny Solomon-Navigator and Alan Laverick-Bombardier. The other two crew members, Royle and Bathey survived despite the plane breaking into three parts on impact.

The dead were given a military funeral with full honours in Epinac despite the presence of German occupation forces.

Every year on the first Saturday after the 11th of September French dignitaries, local residents, members of the ex-pat community and relatives of the airmen meet on the site of the crash to commemorate their sacrifice.