Reserve Your Space for the 2023 9th Para Bn Normandy Pilgrimage

The 9th Battalion Family outside Casemate 1 at the Merville Battery

After the splendid success of our annual dinner just a few weeks ago, we are excited to confirm that the 2023 annual pilgrimage to The Merville Battery in Normandy is planned for June 4th – 8th. 2023.

The cost is expected to be £500 per person with the increase purely due to increased fuel costs for both the coach and ferry operators (as always, the more people who join the pilgrimage, the more cost-effective it becomes). The trip includes all meals, travel from London or Portsmouth and accommodation. Our aim has always been to remember what the veterans of the 9th Parachute Battalion achieved. The itinerary of the pilgrimage goes where they went, and consists of short, dignified ceremonies with informative talks.

The coach usually does the first pick-up at the Union Jack Club in London, with some people meeting the coach at the ferry port in Portsmouth. Accommodation is at the Hotel du Golf (no stairs – all on one level) who have looked after the 9th Bn for many years, and have have really excellent meals. If you have not been with us before, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much the French love to see us every year.

In 2024 there will be even more excitement as that year marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day! To register your interest for 2023 and/or 2024, please email either Paul Hill ( or Mark Otway (

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