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Centenary of the Battle of the Boar's Head, Richebourg l'Avoué, France

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About the Battle of the Boar's Head

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“The Day that Sussex died”

On 30th June 1916, Richebourg l'Avoué in France was the site of the Battle of the Boar's Head that owes its peculiar name to the network of trenches forming a salient in the shape of a boar's head.

This battle aimed to distract the Germans and to make them believe that the Great Offensive would be launched in Richebourg and not in the Somme. The 11th, 12th and 13th Battalions of the Southdowns Brigade were involved in this battle that lasted only 5 hours. Even so, 349 British soldiers and 17 officers died and over 1,000 were wounded or taken prisoners. Ever since, the 30th of June has been regarded locally as “The Day Sussex died”.

A memorial to commemorate the honoured soldiers from the town who lost their lives in this infamous First World War battle was erected in the Beach House Park in Worthing in 2016 to mark the 100 year centenary anniversary of the battle.

2016 is the Centenary and a number of events have been planned from 25th June to 3rd July in Richebourg l'Avoué to commemorate. These events are detailed in full in the PDF brochure below and listed on the page below the PDF:

See also a descriptive paper on the Battle of the Boar's head at Richebourg-l'Avoué:
(note: you will need to 'accept' the copyright restrictions to access the paper)

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Events and exhibitions in Worthing

See also - Exhibition panels from the exhibition in France:

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Events in Richebourg l'Avoué, France

  • Saturday, 25th June 2016: from 8am to 1pm
    'In the Footsteps of World War I' Cycle tour - Departure rue de la Briqueterie, Richebourg.
  • Sunday, 26th June 2016: from 10am to 6:30pm
    Experience life as it used to be during World War I in Richebourg with events taking place in 1916 embedded in the international context of the time. Get ready for a historic guided walk punctuated by funny and original sketches.
  • Thursday, 30th June 2016: 5pm
    Saint Vaast Post Military Cemetery, rue des Charbonniers, Richebourg. A special tribute will be paid to the Royal Sussex Regiment and to the Town of Worthing in the presence of the Royal Sussex Regiment and the Royal Sussex Living History Group.
  • Friday, 1st July 2016: 3pm to 5pm
    Coach trip 'The Battle of the Boar's Head'.
    A tour guide tells you the story of the Battle of the Boar's Head a hundred years after its end. This account will focus on the heroism and bravery of soldiers from Sussex such of Nelson Carter decorated with the Victoria Cross.
  • Saturday, 2nd July 2016: 2:30pm to 5:30pm
    Guided coach tour: 'An international war'.
  • Sunday, 3rd July 2016: 10am to 6:30pm
    Experience life as it used to be during World War I in Richebourg, with events taking place in 1916 embedded in the international context of the time. Get ready for a historic guided walk punctuated by funny and original sketches.

See also - Exhibition panels from the exhibition in France:

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Exhibitions in Richebourg l'Avoué, France

These exhibitions are open from 25th June to 3rd July 2016:

  • Richebourg-Worthing : 100 years of fraternity Exhibition
    address: Espace Paul Legry, rue de la Briqueterie, Richebourg
  • Confrontations 14-18:
    address: Espace Paul Legry, rue de la Briqueterie, Richebourg

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Summary of the commemorations and photos of events

Below you will find a summary of the events that took place (in French) which also contains cuttings from local papers and other coverage:

Also below are photos from the events and parade that took place:

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Map and views of Richebourg l'Avoué, France

Richebourg l'Avoué Church and war memorial

Where the Commemoration and Parade took place:

St Vaast Post Military Cemetery,
off Rue des Charbonniers

Where the Commemoration and Parade took place (to the north east of the town):

Rue des Berceaux Military Cemetery
off Rue du Haut Chemin / Rue du Moulin l'Avoué

Another Military Cemetery in Richebourg l'Avoué (to the south of the town):

Other Military Cemeteries near Richebourg l'Avoué

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Useful weblinks

See also a descriptive paper on the Battle of the Boar's head at Richebourg-l'Avoué:
(note: you will need to 'accept' the copyright restrictions to access the paper)

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