The Long Awaited Return to Northern France
After a gap of two years, due to global events, the RGLI Memorial Ride was able to return to Masnieres in May this year meeting with old friends and making new. Memories were made in retracing the steps of Guernsey' Fallen Warriors from World War One known as the 'Norman Ten Hundered'. The packed itinerary included leaving Guernsey, after laying a wreath at the Sunken Garden memorial in St Peter Port to the Regiment, on Thursday 26th May 2022 with Condor Ferries to France. On arriving in Cherbourg the team passed through Pegasus Bridge and Caen, the famous British Sites from the Second World War, before heading northwards towards the Fields of Flanders.
On Saturday 28th May the Group arrived in Masnieres to lay Wreaths and hold a Service of Remembrance at the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry Memorial in Les Rue Vertes. They were greeted by the town and a Vin D'Honeur hosted in their honour. Later that afternoon the team arrived in Leper (Ypres) for the evening Last Post Memorial at the Menin Gate where they had requested to lay a Wreath to the memorial of Guernsey' Regiment.
The visit included First World War cemeteries were Guernseymen were buried and crosses were laid on the graves with those of known connections in the parties or relatives of friends of the RGLI Trust. It also included a visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery, Britain's largest Commonwealth War Cemetery being the final resting place of 11,961 service men. You can see the group's photographs here