SSAFA East Yorkshire wreath presentation in honour of WW1 cycling soliders
East Yorkshire Chairman is presented wreath to commemorate local Cyclist Battalions ahead of Tour De Yorkshire.
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As part of the launch event of the Tour De Yorkshire on the 3rd May 2018 in Beverley Town the Local Authority presented the representative of the East Yorkshire Branch of SSAFA (Chair Michael H. Menzies-Baird) with a wreath. This was to be placed in St Marys church to commemorate and give thanks to the volunteers of the 5th (Cyclist) Battalion the East Yorkshire Regiment who were active in the 1st World War. Just before the presentation the following tribute was paid to SSAFA and the Battalion:
In 1885 SSAFA was established, it now provides lifelong support to anyone who currently serves or served in the Royal Navy, the Royal marines, the British Army or the Royal Air Force and Reservists inclusive of their families and dependents. SSAFA extended its help to the 9 Cyclist Battalions around the UK one such battalion was the 5th (Cyclist) Battalion the East Yorkshire Regiment. They were established because the bikes were lighter, quieter and logistically easier to manoeuvre than horses making them ideal for reconnaissance and communications work in the first World War.