British Legion to recreate pilgrimage for war centenary

PUBLISHED: 12:06 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:26 03 July 2018

The Menin Gate, Ypres. PHOTO: Submitted

The Menin Gate, Ypres. PHOTO: Submitted


A poignant event in the 1920s will be recreated as part of commemorations marking the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Iain Colquhoun pictured with Dawn Jessett at a service at Wymondham Abbey. Picture: Ian BurtIain Colquhoun pictured with Dawn Jessett at a service at Wymondham Abbey. Picture: Ian Burt

The Royal British Legion, including the Wymondham branch, will be recreating the Great Pilgrimage of 1928, when veterans and war widows visited the battlefields of the Somme, France and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate in Belguim.

On August 5, representatives from Legion branches will visit the same battlefields and on August 8 more than 2,000 standard bearers and wreath layers will march to the Menin Gate.

The Menin Gate shows the names of almost 55,000 personnel with no known grave.

Wymondham will be represented by Iain Colquhoun, branch standard bearer, and Ann Rogerson, branch secretary.

Mrs Rogerson said: “This is a unique opportunity to pay tribute to those who fought and died for us.”

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