Melton Times letter: First World War battlefield pilgrimages

British troops negotiate a trench as they go forward in support of an attack on the village of Morval during the Battle of the Somme EMN-150529-120646001
British troops negotiate a trench as they go forward in support of an attack on the village of Morval during the Battle of the Somme EMN-150529-120646001
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Each year the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) battlefield tours organise pilgrimages to the battle areas of the First World War. The tours are in August and September covering France and Belgium.

This year we plan to visit the Somme battlefields, The Ypres Salient, Arras, Vimy Ridge & Loos battlefield areas if requested.

This year is the centenary of the second battle of Ypres and also the battle of Loos.

The trips specialise in visiting specific cemeteries of memorials on the above mentioned battlefields as and when they are requested. An experienced battlefield guide will accompany each trip to commentate on the various battles and the many historic events that occurred in the areas that we visit. We can also assist people in the tracing of war graves, from the First World War.

The KOYLI battlefields pilgrimages was formed as a charitable hobby in 1990 by ex-servicemen who have many years of practical experience in conducting visits to the First World War battlefield areas of France and Flanders. We support the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and other institutions.

These trips are open to anyone who might be interested and we welcome all enquiries. Anyone who requires any further information should call John on (01977) 734614.

John Battye

Castleford, West Yorkshire