Yomp to the Somme

While enjoying a quiet beer at the pub the other evening we noticed a group of ex-soldiers gathering outside at the town Cenotaph.

IMG_5820

We went out to see what the occasion was and discovered that three ex royal marines are yomping (walking) 650 miles through the UK and France finishing at the Somme Battlegrounds to commemorate the 100 years since the first day of the battle and to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

The two ex marines that we saw had begun at the Cenotaph at Grismby North East Lincolnshire on the 9th June and arrived at St Albans on 22nd of June.  They carry a 30lb pack each which, as ex royal marine Michael tells us, was the weight of the pack that the soldiers of the Somme carried.

IMG_5822

Michael told us that they travel approx 25 miles per day and after a short service they all gathered in the pub to enjoy a well earned refreshment.

IMG_5826

They will complete their challenge on 1st July at 07.30am at the Somme. (3.30pm Melbourne time ),  Marking the exact moment the battle started 100 years ago in 1916.

During a service there 19,240 remembrance crosses will be laid.

Do you have any family members who fought at the Somme?  If so follow this link and you can have their name recorded on the remembrance cross that will be laid at the Somme.

http://thesommeyomp.com/

IMG_5828

 Stay Posted ….. Love L x

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Yomp to the Somme

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s