Trip to honour Somme heroes

READY FOR THE OFF -- Bulwell RBL president, Father Andy Nicolls (kneeling right) with members who made the trip (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan).
READY FOR THE OFF -- Bulwell RBL president, Father Andy Nicolls (kneeling right) with members who made the trip (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan).
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MEMBERS of Bulwell’s Royal British Legion proudly flew their flag at a pilgrimage to the battlefields of the First World War to mark the 95th anniversary of the Battle Of The Somme.

Five members of the group — chairman John Prichard, Ron Hickling, Graham Johnson, Cyril Newton and John Whitehouse — travelled to the poignant site in France for the four-day homage.

The group were joined on the trip by the Royal Corps of Drums, based in Ruddington, and both stopped at the Menin Gate, Ypres, which is a memorial to British servicemen who fell in the area before August 16 1917 and who have no known grave.

The party also stopped off at La Boiselle, where a notorious crater marks the spot where 26.8 tonnes of explosive were detonated under the German positions on July 1 1916, famously causing an explosion so loud it was heard in London.

Before returning home, the group also stopped at the Thiepval Memorial, where the names of 73,077 British soldiers killed in bloody battles are carved in stone.

Mr Prichard said it was a “wonderful opportunity to pay homage to the best of British”.