Trip to war graves for families of Herefordshire's Great War soldiers

RELATIVES of Herefordshire soldiers who died in the First World War are being offered an opportunity to visit their graves.

Thousands of county men were killed or wounded during the Battle of the Somme, a name that has become a byword for the suffering of a generation.

On its first day – July 1, 1916 – more than 20,000 British soldiers lost their lives. It went down in history as the blackest day of the British Army.

Birmingham War Research Society organiser Alex Bulloch MBE said: “Many men from Herefordshire were heavily involved in the fighting on the Somme.

“Our organisation takes relatives to the cemeteries where their loved ones are buried.”

The trip, departing from Birmingham, will run from July 11 to 15. For details, Mr Bulloch on 0121 4599008 or Brian Long on 01629 650780.

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2:55pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Ubique5740 says...

The below, which I have copied from the Royal British Legion website might also be of interest to War Widows - the Government will pay for one visit .

War Widows Grant-in-Aid Scheme
This Government sponsored scheme enables war widows (and widowers), who have not done so before at public expense, to make one visit to their husband's (or wife's) grave or memorial overseas.

The scheme covers those who lost a spouse during overseas military service between 1914 and 1967. Widows/widowers who have since remarried are equally eligible.

The Government will pay the full travel and accommodation cost for eligible widows/widowers and will also pay a carer's travel and accommodation costs within the UK.

Remebrance Travel administers the scheme on behalf of the Government and has already helped more than 4.000 widows and widowers to visit nearly 40 countries in Europe, Africa and the Far East.

Widows/widowers who have already travelled under this scheme are very welcome to travel with us again, but at the full price.

For further information contact Remembrance Travel on 020 3207 2321 or visit www.remembrancetrave
l.org.uk.
The below, which I have copied from the Royal British Legion website might also be of interest to War Widows - the Government will pay for one visit . War Widows Grant-in-Aid Scheme This Government sponsored scheme enables war widows (and widowers), who have not done so before at public expense, to make one visit to their husband's (or wife's) grave or memorial overseas. The scheme covers those who lost a spouse during overseas military service between 1914 and 1967. Widows/widowers who have since remarried are equally eligible. The Government will pay the full travel and accommodation cost for eligible widows/widowers and will also pay a carer's travel and accommodation costs within the UK. Remebrance Travel administers the scheme on behalf of the Government and has already helped more than 4.000 widows and widowers to visit nearly 40 countries in Europe, Africa and the Far East. Widows/widowers who have already travelled under this scheme are very welcome to travel with us again, but at the full price. For further information contact Remembrance Travel on 020 3207 2321 or visit www.remembrancetrave l.org.uk. Ubique5740

4:42pm Sun 20 Jan 13

littlewhitebull says...

Well done Ubique5740. This may well be very useful to some in our county who were unaware of such a scheme.
Well done Ubique5740. This may well be very useful to some in our county who were unaware of such a scheme. littlewhitebull

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