War Diaries Talk

Plans for a 450 mile path in memory of the Great War.

  • marie.eklidvirginmedia.com by marie.eklidvirginmedia.com

    Here are 2 interesting links for this new project:

    (1) The 450-mile walkway of the Western Front: From Switzerland to Belgium it passes the sites of some of the bloodiest clashes in history but experts hope the route serves a 'beautiful memorial' to WWI. It would pass through Arras, Verdun and Ypres from Switzerland to Belgium. Organisers want it to be a sacred pathway to honour the 17m people who died. It was inspired by a letter written by an officer who died at the Battle of Loos.


    (2) It was the idea of one young First World War soldier who hoped it might serve to pay tribute to his fallen comrades and remind future generations about the grim reality of battle. But Douglas Gillespie was killed the Battle of the Loos in September 1915, before he could ever put into practice his vision of a pilgrim’s footpath stretching 450 miles along the length of the Western Front .

    Also - Gillespie, a 2nd Lieutenant who fought with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, said he envisaged the path as the “most beautiful road in the world”, writing that “I would like to send every man, woman and child in Western Europe on pilgrimage along that via sacra so that they might think and learn what war means from the silent witnesses on either side”.



  • ral104 by ral104 moderator, scientist

    That'd be quite an undertaking, but well worth doing.