“By April, the era of trench warfare and stalemate was over. The newspapers did not seem to know where the front line was any more, and all the headlines looked ominous. General Haig had issued an order, saying it was ‘Backs to the Wall’ as the Kaiser’s troops smashed through the exhausted British army and were once more headed for Paris and victory. With things suddenly turning so desperate, everyone in the island knew that the 1st Battalion, Royal Guernsey Light Infantry must be in the thick of it over in Flanders.”
100 years on from what became the Battle of the Lys, it is heartwarming to see a memorial raised in St Peter Port to all the men of the RGLI who fought for their country, and for the many who did not return.