French town sends floral remembrance tribute to Beaconsfield
Beaconsfield Twinning's retiring Chairman, Deborah Sanders, joined her newly elected replacement, Phillip
Sheahan, at the Shepards Lane Cemetery to lay a floral tribute to mark a unique Second World War connection between Beaconsfield and twin town, Langres, near Dijon.
During the war Beaconsfield provided hospital and sanatorium care for Free French submariners who had escaped occupied France to fight with the Allies.
The 39 submariners who died in Beaconsfield during the war years were buried in Beaconsfield Old Town's
Shepards Lane cemetery.
It is now an established tradition for Langres to send a floral tribute for display in St Mary's Church for the Sunday Remembrance Day service.
The tribute is then laid at the Shepards Lane Memorial on the Monday.
Juliet Gorton, the widow of John Gorton, Beaconsfield Twinning's late President, also placed a poppy wreath at the Old Town Memorial adjacent to St Mary's.
In Langres, a poppy wreath in honour of Beaconsfield fallen was placed by Langres Twinners at the town's Armistice Day ceremony.