Ride to the Somme will commemorate the cycling soldiers that fought and fell during the Battle of the Somme in 1916 as they ride 250 miles over 3 days. The Ride will commence on Wednesday 31st August and will culminate at The Thiepval Memorial. When cyclists enlist for the ride they will be asked to select a battalion that they wish to represent.
It will be a fund raising ride for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, is the UK’s oldest national tri-service charity. At the outbreak of World War One, the Government called on it to take care of the families of the Armed Forces going to the Front. Ride to the Somme is a fundraising event with money raised helping servicemen and women, veterans and their families in need following present day conflicts.
It is their intention to lay a wreaths at Pozieres and Thiepval. Serving and former soldiers of the 25th London Cyclists fought in France, by either being either attached to or by being formally transferred to other battalions.
25th London Cyclists I have recorded at Pozieres are –
Cecil Ernest HUMPHREYS
Harold Arthur PACKER
Thomas Augustus PARIS
Charles William RUSSELL
Percy Charles SOMERSET (buried at Lewisham from wounds at Pozieres)
25th London Cyclists I have recorded at Thiepval are –
John Owen ARMSTRONG
For more information – http://www.ridetothesomme.org.uk/