Jo’s Monday Walk
Approaching Lochnagar Crater,
the first thing to catch you eye is
a giant cross which overlooks the Crater.
Originally donated and erected in 1986 it suffered from lightning strikes and storm damage and yielded to the elements in August 2010. Over 20 feet in length the original Cross was made from wood from ‘…a deconsecrated Northumberland church…’, with 6 feet of it being below ground level.
A new Cross made of ‘…new green English oak…’ wand was erected in 2011.
As visitors commenced their walk around the Crater it is hard…
not to notice these plaques along the boardwalk.
My initial thought was that they were dedicated
to soldiers who fought in and around…
Lochnagar and the Ovillers-la-Boisselle area of France.
However, I began to notice these plaques
and signs as well and another thought
began to take shape in my mind.
A few emails and the exchange of some
Aussie dollars for British Pounds…
and this photo arrived in my email.
Now I must point out that my Grandfather
was one of a dozen soldiers required to fire that shot.
He did not give the order to fire and as far as I know
he did not pull he trigger (so to speak),
but he was part of the crew that fired
the first allied shot in anger
a less than 4 hours after War had been declared
Now I have an excuse to revisit France one day.
More information can be found at the below links,
or by Googling First Shot World War I
Next week we move on!