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British Cemetery in Elvas

Annual Ceremony, 14th May 2022

14 - 16 May '22

Saturday, 14th May, 2022

After the Covid clamp-down, we are happy to announce that the traditional ceremonies will be resumed in Elvas and at La Albuera. The ceremony at the British Cemetery at Elvas on Saturday, the 14th of May will begin at 11.00. Eucharist will be celebrated before the Ceremony in the Chapel by the Rev. Fran Le Blanc, at 09.45. 

The Chapel

The Ceremony

All attending are requested to be in the cemetery by 10:45. Dress for gentlemen is suit or blazer with tie and medals. After the ceremony, the Chapel and Museum will be open to visitors.  Subsequently, lunch will be taken at the Varchotel, located on the main road to Lisbon about 4 miles south from Elvas, during which a fund-raising auction will take place.  In the evening of the 14th of May, Marcus de la Poer Beresford, the Chair of the Trustees, will give a talk on ‘Major General Sir Denis Pack – Wellington’s best brigade commander’.  This will take place in the Hotel Dom Luis, at 19.00, followed by a buffet supper.

Sunday, 15th May

Our Vice-chair, Major General Rui Moura, has organised an excursion to Campo Maior to visit to the Coffee Museum Science Centre in the morning. Lunch will be in Campo Maior, at Restaurante Azeitona, to be followed by a guided tour of the recently restored fortifications and the site of Major Talaya’s gallant defence in 1811 with a handful of Portuguese troops until his surrender to the French, and Marshal Beresford’s subsequent recapture of the town and the (in)famous action of the Allied cavalry.

Coffee Museum Science Centre

Campo Maior Castle

Monday, 16th May

The habitual commemoration of the Battle of Albuera in the main square of La Albuera starts at 11:30 (Spanish time).  This will be followed by wreath laying at the PWRR Obelisk and then a standing buffet at the restaurant Lince.

Albuera – the Ceremony

Albuera - 'Steady the Buffs'

Albuera – the memorials

Booking: A booking form for all these events is attached.  Please email your reply by the 30th of April to the Honorary Secretary, at info@british-cemetery-elvas.org.  Payment can be made on the day.

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We look forward to seeing you!

Booking form – 2022

Booking form – 2022

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Formulario de reserva - 2020

Campo Maior – Menu Restaurante Azeitona

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