A fine statue of Field Marshall Montgomery surveys the scene over the major
traffic circle between two of Brussels’ major Boulevards. After the liberation, the
circle was renamed in honour of Montgomery, whose British troops liberated
Brussels. One of our members, Flore Empringham, was present at the
inauguration of the statue with her husband, Arthur, and remembers it well.
The large circular fountain was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of
Tervueren Avenue, a wide, tree-lined, boulevard not unlike the Paris Champs
Elysées, but what was it called before?
A soldier who went to live in Spain and joined the British Army's Royal Gibraltar Regiment has been awarded a Mention in Despatches.Private Liam Downs, aged 24, was on his first operational tour of Afghanistan and attached to 1st Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment when he consistently put himself in harm’s way to support his comrades under enemy fire.
On 21 June last year, Private Downs’ company deployed from Patrol Base Pimon in Nad ‘Ali on a mission to disrupt a notorious enemy safe haven. The insurgents in this area were a particularly aggressive group, well-armed and veterans of years of fighting.
Can you help? Would you have a little time in October and November to help the Royal British Legion Brussels Branch deliver and collect poppy collection boxes? Or to sell poppies and collect donations for a couple of hours at a specified location? Do you know of a venue near you that you feel should be selling poppies? It’s important for us that the donations we collect in the Brussels area stay in Belgium to help ex-servicemen and their families.