During the night of the 31 May 1918, artillery fire targeted Australian billets in Allonville killing 19 soldiers and wounding many others.
The municipality of Allonville wishes to remember these men and remind its inhabitants of the Australian presence in the village during the war.The whole village will thus unite on 15 April 2018 in remembrance of the soldiers who died during the Great War and are buried in the village cemetery. School children, parents, associations and volunteers are all joining together to create a memorable day of remembrance.
Programme of events:
10am at the village war memorial
Procession to the cemetery, accompanied by the Samarobriva Pipes and Drums: wreath laying at the Commonwealth Memorial
Gathering at the graves of the 19 Australian soldiers and remembrance service to all the French and Allied soldiers buried at Allonville.
Flowers will be placed on each of the graves by the pupils of Allonville School.
National anthems by the Hortillonne Band
12pm: Inauguration of the exhibition entitled Life in the Australian Garrisons of Allonville in 1918 - in the Village Hall
From 1pm: restaurant services and music
Guided tour about the Australians in our village in 1918
Readings (selected passages and poems) at the Municipal Library
Classical music recital by musicians from Allonville – Allonville Church
4.30pm: Theatre piece in Allonville Church
Each of these events is themed on the life of soldiers behind Allied lines (activities, music, parades, life in the village)