An emotional but enjoyable weekend as the Hampstead Pals took the ashes of our dear Pal, Kevin Cutts home, to the Devonshire Cemetery on the Somme. This was Kev’s favourite place on the Western Front and the sun shone brilliantly for us as his last wish was carried out bravely, by widow Claire, placing his ashes in the grave of an unknown soldier. His Mum & Dad, Ernie & Sue were with us, together with his daughter Hannah, sister Sharon and brother Martin. Kevin Cutts was a great hearted man and taken before his time. He served in the Metropolitan Police Special Branch on anti-terrorist duties. He had been coming to the battlefields of the Western Front with the Hampstead Pals since 1987. Fifty of us, including Jean-Marie & Valerie our French friends from the Moderne Hotel in Arras were present. We sang Jerusalem and said our Lord’s Prayer. The Francis Ledwidge poem, ‘Soliliquoy’ was recited by Professor John Grieve CBE, and the words ‘and now I’m drinking wine in France’ soon became a reality as we left Kevin Cutts to the singing larks, the spring flowers and the trees. The beauty and tranquility of the Devonshire Trench was apparent to us all and we knew Kev would not be lonely. He was in good company. ‘The Devon’s held this trench. The Devon’s hold it still’ Sleep on Kev.