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Dorset Veterans Return from The Belgium Battlefields

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10:55am 26th June 2013

Members of the Dorset Regiment Association have returned from Belgium where they were on a week long tour of the First World War battlefields.

56 members went on the trip arranged by the Keep Military Museum.

The group attended the Last Post Ceremony and the highlight for them was taking the lead in the ceremony.

During the long tour, the group travelled around the country, from Nieuwpoort in the north to Passchendaele in the far west.

Captain Colin Parr MBE said that: "There were more than 800 people at the remembrance... People from all nations were present.

"The objective was to visit some of the places that Dorsetshire men fought during the Great War...The Keep Military Museum organised the trip and a special thanks must go to Major Nick Speakman MBE TD, who is a volunteer at the Museum.

"The Museum is keen to encourage more volunteers to help in a number of areas."

Volunteers can help out for any time period, from a day to everyday! Any help is appreciated.

They are also looking for families whose ancestors served in the Dorsets, The Devons, The Yeomanry, the 52nd Siege Battery or the Royal Garrison Artillery during the Great War and also the women who served in hospitals, both in Britain and abroad. Where possible, the museum would like to commemorate these men and women of war time during the Centenary.

If you think you can help out or are interested then you can contact Captain Colin Parr on 01305-264-066 or via email

For more information about the museum itself visit:

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