Coleman’s are another dedicated family who are
interested in keeping the memory of our
forefathers alive and active members on the
committee in Bandon.
was the first chairman and undertook many tasks
to bring the organisation to where it is today.
He travelled on a number of occasions to Belgium
and The Somme also on “A Journey of
Reconciliation “ as a member of that trust.
the 3rd Sept. 2001, two members of
the committee again went to Flanders and The
Somme, Barry Ellis our elected tour expert and
guide, Ann Madden nee Coleman and her brother
David. This was David’s first trip and Ann’s
second .All the popular places were visited,
Menin Gate, Peace Park etc.
seen was the grave of the youngest soldier
killed in W.W.1. He was Pte. J.Condon aged 14,
buried in the Commonwealth War Grave cemetery at
Poelkapelle. This is a 25 mins. by bus from the
Square in Ieper [YPRES]. Ann laid a wreath there
on behalf of the committee. Another interesting
site visited was Essex Farm bunker dressing
station; here was the place where the Canadian
Medical Officer Colonel John McCrae wrote his
famous poem “ In Flanders Fields”.
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