The Great Pilgrimage


In 1928, the British Legion took 11,000 veterans and war widows to the battlefields of Europe where their comrades and loved ones had lost their lives.

The event, known as the Great Pilgrimage, allowed family members to visit the graves of their husbands, sons, fathers, and brothers for the first time since the war had ended.

Over 3,000 women took part in the Pilgrimage and the Women’s Section had been key organisers of provisions for their interests on the journey, as it was the largest party in attendance.

The women’s group was one of the most diverse in terms of age and physical agility as well as including a large number of individuals who had never been abroad before.