LETTER: Pilgrimages by King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Each year the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry organises 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 and Loos battlefield areas if requested. 100 years ago, on July 1, 1916,

The Battle of the Somme began. After the first day of fighting, the British Army casualties were in the vicinity of 57,000 - the highest casualty the British Army ever suffered. The battle of the Somme was over in mid November 1916.

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

The KOYLI battlefield 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. We welcome all enquiries, they should be made to John Battye, 32 Rhodes Street, Hightown, Castleford, West Yorkshire, Wf10 5LL or by calling 01977 734614. We ask for a medium sizes SAE for all postal replies.

John Battye

Rhodes Street,