A DERVOCK family have visited the Somme and Belgium during the recent Commemorations for the Battle of the Somme.
Members of the McBride family, Ivan, his wife, Jean, Derek and Rosealene, travelled in the company of members of the Royal British Legion ;( Group10)
They visited the grave of their uncle Rifleman Robert Fulton. Robert was one of the first British soldiers to be killed during the Second World War and is buried in Leuven town cemetery Belgium.
The British Expeditionary Force was involved in the later stages of the defence of Belgium following the German invasion in May 1940, and suffered many casualties in covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk.
Commonwealth forces did not return until September 1944, but in the intervening years, many airmen were shot down or crashed in raids on strategic objectives in Belgium, or while returning from missions over Germany. Leuven Communal Cemetery contains a group of 21 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, two of them unidentified. Adjoining these graves are five burials of the First World War.