August’s edition of 21st Century Women aired on Wednesday 16th, featured Andrew Bish, a former Huntingdon marine, who has been researching the military path of his grandfather, William Bish. William’s army career started before the First World War when he signed up as a young man did his time in military service and returned to the land whilst being retained as a reservist. When the first world war was imminent he was recalled to active duty and retrained as a medic, serving in the Royal Medical Corps in the trenches of Belgium before sailing out to South Africa on a hospital ship.
Andrew and his brother, Steve, intend to take part in The Frontline Walk takes in many of the most iconic battlefields and cemeteries on the Western Front, starting on the Somme and working its way through the now peaceful landscape and into Belgium, before finishing at the Menin Gate in Ypres. Andrew said in his interview with Bobby Jones of 21st Century Women that he thought that the walk would help him to reconnect with a grandfather who had died a few years before he was born and who forms part of his family heritage. The Walk this year is particularly poignant as the Battle of Passchendaele took place in Belgium 100 years ago during the time which the brothers will spend trekking in the country.
Each participant in the walk promises to raise £1,250 for ABF, The Soldiers Charity and if you heard the interview and would like to donate, visit Andrew’s justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Andrew-Bish1. Cheques can also be made payable to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and sent to Andrew Bish, The Garden Apartment, 1 Walden House, George Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3AD.