More than 2,200 standard bearers and wreath layers paid tribute to the fallen.

Members of the Rye Branch of The Royal British Legion joined thousands of Armed Forces veterans and supporters from across the UK and worldwide in a pilgrimage of remembrance to some of WW1’s most poignant sites.

David Pawsey

A spectacular two-mile march through Ypres to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission’s Menin Gate Memorial, led by 1,100 Standard Bearers, was the culmination of the three day event which saw the 2,200 participants visit the WW1 trenches, battlefields and cemeteries of France and Belgium.


Paul Whiteman

Paul Whiteman and David Pawsey attended the Great Pilgrimage 90 as representatives of Rye British Legion as a Standard Bearer and wreath layer respectively.

Paul and David first visited battlefields, memorials and war graves on the Somme, then Flanders Fields, culminating with 1,150 Standard bearers, and 1,150 wreath bearers, from all over the United Kingdom marching through the town of Ypres, Paul carrying the Rye R.B.L. standard, and David carrying the wreath for the Fallen of Rye.

David said ‘to lay the wreath at the Menin Gate, was the greatest honour I could have, a humbling and emotional experience for both of us’.

Paul was very moved to stand a few yards from the Menin Gate on which is the name of his great Uncle, Charles Herbert Scott, from Beckley who died on the 10th August 1917, and has no known grave.

If you want to find out more about your local Royal British Legion branch contact Neale East, Chair & Secretary, at info@ryebritishlegion.org.uk

Rye British Legion

Rye & District Branch of the Royal British Legion was formed in the 1920’s and now holds its meetings in the George Hotel in Rye on the second Monday of March, June, September & November (AGM).

The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to all those who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, as well as their dependents. Anyone who has served in the forces for seven days or more is eligible for our help.

Unfortunately we are unable to assist with requests for help and assistance at a local level, for all inquiries please follow the link Help & Support or all the Freephone number – 0808 8028080 –  at any time between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week.  Calls from landlines and from most mobile networks will be entirely free of charge.

The Royal British Legion is the nation’s custodian of Remembrance, ensuring that people remember those who have given their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. The Rye British Legion fully support Rye’s civic acts of Remembrance, usually led by the Mayor and Town Council.

Rye British Legion arrange a number of activities for Members including battlefield tours to France, a recent visit to the House of Parliament and Imperial War Museum.

Rye British Legion also maintains a close liaison with other Service organisations in the District, including the Women’s Section, Royal Air Force Association and Rye Sea Cadets as well as acting as a focus for local veterans issues.

For information on how to join the Rye British Legion please follow the link Members of the Royal British Legion

Updated:  01.09.18