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Downham Market legion duo's ‘deeply emotional’ trip to WWI sites




A mother and daughter duo who took part in a visit to some of France and Belgium’s First World War battlefields have described the experience as “deeply emotional”.

Members of the Downham Market and District Royal British Legion taking part in the GP90 Pilgrimage. Elizabeth & Lesley Davies after the march with Menin Gate in background. Photo: SUBMITTED. (3585359)
Members of the Downham Market and District Royal British Legion taking part in the GP90 Pilgrimage. Elizabeth & Lesley Davies after the march with Menin Gate in background. Photo: SUBMITTED. (3585359)

Downham and District Royal British Legion members Elizabeth and Lesley Davies joined thousands of other RBL members during the GP90 re-enactment of the Great Pilgrimage of 1928 last week.

They visited the Thiepval Memorial, in the Somme region, to place a cross in memory of their relative Leonard Clare Elvin, before parading through the Belgian town of Ypres to the Menin Gate for a service of thanksgiving.

Lesley said: “It was a deeply emotional experience to stand at the Menin Gate and salute the millions of young men and women who had sacrificed their lives.”



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