Trail of Honour


The Retreat from Mons Remembrance Trail

The Battle of Mons, the first major engagement between British and German forces of the Great War, was fought on Sunday 23 August 1914. Heavy fighting took place in and around the city throughout the day and by nightfall, the heavily outnumbered British Expeditionary Force (BEF) had begun a tactical retreat. In the two weeks that followed, the officers and men of the BEF, under General Sir John French, fought and marched from the battlefield at Mons to the outskirts of Paris. For some 200 miles, the BEF was followed by the German 1st Army and fought a series of rearguard actions in order to protect the retreat. The Retreat from Mons Remembrance Trail follows this journey.

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