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Poppy wreaths sent to France to mirror journey of British forces

A Western Front Association charity commemoration, as eighty-five poppy wreaths, representing the eighty-five units the British Expeditionary Force took at the outset of WW1, are brought past Buckingham Palace, en-route to their eventual destination in France. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

A Western Front Association charity commemoration, as eighty-five poppy wreaths, representing the eighty-five units the British Expeditionary Force took at the outset of WW1, are brought past Buckingham Palace, en-route to their eventual destination in France. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Poppy wreaths yesterday began their journey from London to France to commemorate the involvement of British forces in the First World War a century ago.

The Western Front Association charity is recreating the journey of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) to France at the outset of the conflict by transporting 85 wreaths across the Channel, where there will be a series of ceremonies.

The wreaths, which represent the 85 regiments and corps forming the Land Force of the BEF, began their journey at Hyde Park Barracks, South Carriage Drive.

From there they were carried on an original First World War general service wagon drawn by two horses supplied by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

They passed Buckingham Palace and entered Wellington Barracks, where the wreaths were transferred to a First World War aircraft recovery trailer.

Towed by a 1914-18 Crossley Royal Flying Corps light tender, they left the barracks to be driven in convoy with a Crossley Royal Flying Corps staff car through south-east London and Kent to Dover.

They will then be taken on to France where there will be three ceremonies on Wednesday.

 

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