Heritage Lottery Fund
D Day Discovery - October Half Term
Aim - to discover the role of the Boys’
Brigade in the D Day landings on the 6th June 1944.
SYG has won an
application to explore and discover the role of the Boys’ Brigade in the D Day
landings on the 6th June 1944.
This year is the 75th anniversary of those landings and the BB (which
the group is affiliated to) had a major role in the success of this event.
The group are visiting the D Day sites in October half term 2019 to see first
hand where the D day landings took place and to explore places where members of
the Boys’ Brigade fought and died. The group will be putting together a
photographic display of its findings along with producing a DVD and a booklet
looking at some of the men that were involved in this event who were members of
the Boys’ Brigade.
Much of this work will be undertaken by young people with the help and
assistance of SYG leaders. The group will also be taking a small group of young
people to HMS Belfast in London to view the ship which took part in the D Day
landings by providing covering fire to those landing on the beaches. The
group will be using the talent of Mr Rob Bolton and Mr Colin Swinton, who are
both Boys’ Brigade historians; with Mr Swinton being the BB National archivist
based at BBHQ Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead.
The trip in
October will see lots of SYG members going to France with Mr Rob Bolton, as a
guide to explore and discover the places associated with the D Day landings, and
where boys from the Brigade landed and the role they played in this event.
HMS Belfast Visit photos
D-Day Discovery Trip 2019 Photos
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Flanders & The Somme 2016
Between Sunday the 14th and Friday the 19th of February
2016, SYG organised a 1st World War Battlefield Tour to Flanders and the Somme, to research the 16th Highland Light Infantry (The Boys' Brigade
Battalion); BB, GB and Amicus members, travelled in two minibuses to various locations in Flanders and the Somme areas,
staying in Ypres next to the Menin Gate, and also at schools type
accommodation in Albert, France. Members, and
leaders experienced walking across the battlefields, visiting cemeteries
along the route. They also visited Aulthuille Church, the Thiepval
Memorial, Vimy Ridge (Canadian Memorial), and other locations. There was also
an opportunity for shopping in Ypres. The
Tour finished with our Buglers playing Last Post at the Vimy Ridge Memorial before getting the ferry
As a result of the year long project the group produced a first class book and a
DVD. Also the group presented its findings at the local royal British
legion, St Marys church, Sawston and at BB HQ at Felden lodge, Hemel Hempstead.
Also at the Mary Challis museum. The findings have been widely appreciated and
widely viewed. The book and DVD are available today by contacting our
chairman and the DVD will soon be available in YouTube.
Our thanks to the heritage lottery for funding this project.
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[Photos Provided by: Paul Whitmell]