Bedfordshire Expeditionary Freemasons Take the Battleground Tour

Following a World War One presentation and dinner at Ampthill Masonic Centre in February, 16 members of the Bedfordshire Expeditionary Freemasons (BEF), including guests, travelled out to Iper, Belgium last week for a battlefield tour. Wreaths were placed at the Menin Gate during the Last Post Ceremony by our Provincial Grand Master  Anthony Henderson and the PGM for Nottinghamshire Philip Marshall.

This began a four-day tour of the battlefields of World War 1 – Mons, Ypres, Somme, and Arras combined with a step back in time to the battlefields at Waterloo and Quatre Bras. Along the way wreaths were also placed on graves and memorials of the fallen related to the brethren present. It was a poignant tour and shared experience that tugged at the heartstrings of all present. In the words of Robert Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’ – At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.

Pictured above; The BEF at the Thiepval Memorial, The Somme, France.

Pictured below; The PGMs at the Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony