Great Pilgrimage 90

The Royal British Legion is recreating its 1928 pilgrimage to World War One battlefields for thousands of Legion members.

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A decade after the end of WW1, the British Legion (as it was then known) organised for veterans and war widows to visit the battlefields of the Somme and Ypres before marching to the Menin Gate in Ypres on 8th August 1928.

What's happening?

Exactly 90 years later, Great Pilgrimage 90 will be the Legion's biggest membership event in modern history and will consist of two representatives from each registered branch taking part in the Legion's official Great Pilgrimage 90 two day WW1 battlefields and cemeteries tour. The tour will culminate, on 8th August, with those representatives parading their branch Standard and a wreath to the Menin Gate for the One Hundred Days ceremony to commemorate the last 100 days of WW1 and represent an entire generation that served while defending their country.

Following the ceremony, members will join spectators in Ypres Market Square for an afternoon of comradeship, exhibitions and musical performances.

Registration for the official branch tour is now closed.For those that are not selected by their branch for the official tour, that includes attendance on the parade and at the ceremony, then we encourage you, your family and friends to make your own way to Ypres for 8 August to spectate from the Market Square. Alternatively, Leger Holidays are offering an independent public battlefield tour* that will also be in Ypres on 8 August. 

More information on the public programme for the day can be found here

Find out more

For branches that are registered for GP90, more information will be distributed over the next few months by both The Legion and Leger Holidays.

For any general enquiries, please contact your local area office or email

Image credit: © Imperial War Museums (Q 47901) 

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