D-Day veteran Peter Shaw
During the weekend I also photographed various stages of the ‘Big Battlefield Bike Ride’, organised by and in support of the charity for injured soldiers from more recent conflicts, Help for Heroes. The event involved a three hundred mile bike ride through the countryside of France and Belgium, with the three hundred riders stopping off at battlefields and war memorials from the first and second world wars with each visit been marked with a simple wreath laying ceremony or short service to remember those that had been killed during these wars.
Riders for the charity Help for Heroes arrive on the promenade in Dunkirk at the end of their arduous 300 mile bike ride.
A Bugler stands in front of a wall at the Menin Gate memorial at Ypres in Belgium which lists the 55,000 names of British and Commonwealth soldiers killed and missing during the battle of the Ypres Salient during World War One
A veteran from D-Day chats with an injured soldier from the more recent conflict in Afghanistan
soldiers killed during heavy fighting in this area of Belgium
at the Menin Gate memorial in Ypres, Belgium
Royal Navy D-Day veteran, George Drewett chats with his grandson, Richard Vanstone, as they walk along the promenade in Dunkirk, France