TWO friends will trek through the Western Front this year to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.
David Parkinson, of Over Wallop, and George Ashworth, of Charlton-All-Saints will be walking through battlefield sites in France and Belgium to raise money for the Royal British Legion.
The pair were inspired to make the trip after attending a rugby match in Twickenham last Remembrance Day.
George said: “I’ll be 40 this year and I was looking for something to do that was a bit of a challenge. When David mentioned the walk I thought, ‘it’s worthwhile and a chance to go and see it all’. I think everyone should go to see it.”
David agreed, adding: “It should be the national curriculum that everybody goes to get an idea about the sacrifices those men made.”
The trip will be poignant for both men, who will be walking with a group of about 30 people from across the UK.
“I had three great-grandfathers who survived the First World War, and it’s something I’ve always held close to my heart,” David said.
And for George it has sparked an interest in his family history. He said: “Both of my grandfathers served in the Second World War. This might be an opportunity to find out more, because I know I have got great-grandparents who did serve in the First World War, but I don’t know where.”