Former Marine takes on Ride to the Somme
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Former marine, 60 year old Andrew Moys has committed to riding 250 miles to commemorate the cycling soldiers who fought and fell at the First World War Battle of the Somme. The three-day ride will begin on August 31 and will culminate at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, which marks the 72,195 British and African soldiers with no known grave, on Saturday 3rd September.
Andrew served as a Royal Marine from 1972 until 1996, with his last posting taking place at the CTCRM Lympstone the famous Commando Training Centre. He now works as a delivery driver and is a lay preacher at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Wonford Road and decided to take on the challenge. Andrew said: “I read a write-up about the Ride to the Somme asking for volunteers and thought I would give it a go. I have had great support from my wife Barbara and members of the church.”
The Battle of the Somme was one of the largest battles of war. More than 1,000,000 men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history. Ride to the Somme aims to celebrate the brave cycling soldiers of WW1 and raise vital funds for servicemen and women, veterans and their families in need following present day conflicts.