RYE LEGION MEMBERS HONOUR WW1 GENERATION BY RECREATING HISTORIC PILGRIMAGE OF 1928
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.
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 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.