Verdun Tree Memorial,St Albans Cathedral,Hertfordshire

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Photographed 21st March 2021.

    Info below
    The tree was one of 20 grown by a Reading horticulturalist from seeds from the only surviving tree on the French battlefield.

    It was planted on January 18, 1976, by 87-year-old Gordon Fisher, a local ‘Old Contemptible’, the term used by those in the British Expeditionary Force which served in Flanders within range of the enemy mobile artillery between August 5 and November 22, 1914.

    The horse chestnut was grown from a conker collected from a tree in Verdun - the only one to survive the tragic battle which took place there in 1916 and obliterated the rest of the landscape.
    Verdun tree - Wikipedia
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