The next morning, on the outskirts of Arras, we came across our first fellow pilgrim. This part of the Via Francigena is hardly well travelled and possibly, choosing to camp, we were in a ‘tributary stream’ but it was something of a surprise it took two weeks before our first pilgrim encounter. Loic did not disappoint.
Ange and I were trying to absorb the impact of the Beaurain Road British War Cemetery, designed in its permanent state by Sir Edwin Lutyens; 23 of the burials were unidentified. A later similar gravestone carried the moving epitaph of words to the effect: ‘God knows who you are’. Though, of course, that sentiment can be understood in more than one way.