The 2017 Supporters Trust at Reading trip to France offered fans the chance to visit the graves of past players who made the ultimate sacrifice during the World Wars.
The three-day trip organised by STAR, in particular Paul Ellix and Pete Vickery, took the Reading fans from Sword Beach to Pegasus Bridge and the Merville Battery before moving north visiting the Footballers Battalian Memorial, the Somme and several First World War cemeteries enroute back to Calais and England.
This was the third tour that STAR had organised and the words of Chairman Paul Ellix highlight the motivation and importance of the trip:
"We are neither tour guides, nor historians: just ordinary football supporters who share a passion for history, both of our football club and of wider world events. It is important to keep the memory of these heroes alive"
Much research by Paul and his team has discovered that more than 50 men who played for Reading FC served in the forces during the Great War with 15 having lost their lives whilst serving. During the Second World War there were a further four players who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Watch the video above to hear from the Royals fans who made the trip.
For more information about the Supporters Trust at Reading click here