A Great Pilgrimage

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A recent news item on BBC Look East reported the Loddon branch’s preparations for the special Remembrance Day poppy display this November.

In July, four members of the Loddon with Haddiscoe branch of the British Legion were in Belgium and France on the “Great Pilgrimage 90” (or GP-90). GP-90 follows in the footsteps of a similar pilgrimage in 1928, ten years after the end of World War One. Surviving war veterans, widows, and the families of those who fell in the war, were then taken to see the places where their loved ones fought and died, where they lay buried and the memorials set up in their honour. This year’s pilgrimage has honoured and remembered them yet again, in 2018, the centenary year of the War to end all Wars.

The GP-90 itinerary enabled us to honour some of those named on our village war memorial. Branch representatives visited and laid a poppy cross on their graves (or, if there was no grave, wherever their name is inscribed on some monument) as a mark of respect and thanks, and a sign to relatives that their loved ones are not forgotten. Those we found and commemorated were:

Leonard Robert BECKETT  (Thiepval); Richard CARVER  (Thiepval);
George William GOULTY  (Tyne Cot); Louis GRIMBLE (Menin Gate);
Percy Douglas Thurlow PRIOR  (Vimy Ridge);
William James THURLOW  (Menin Gate)
and George STURMAN from Brooke  (Thiepval).

“At the going down of the sun, and in the morning – We Will Remember Them.”

Next meetings, 17 September and 15 October. Contact branch secretary Colin Hartley (01508-521136) for more details or advice.

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