Shell Shock Walk

Date: Saturday 14 September 2019 from 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Location: Waterfront Pub, Juniper Drive, London, SW18 1TS

Walk the London Bridges with PTSD Resolution Commemorating the end of World War 1

Walking for Veterans

To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1 we are looking for walkers to join us on the 'PTSD Resolution Shell Shock Walk.'

Why not bring your friends and family along and make it a day out in the capital?. Enjoy the sights of London and raise funds for former Service men and women and their families who are struggling from the trauma of conflict and help them get back to a normal life.

From Shell Shock to Combat-Related Stress.

At the centenary of the end of World War 1, it is important to remember that many soldiers faced more than the threat of enemy fire. Shell Shock not only impacted upon the mental health of these men, it also had serious social and legal consequences.

Only two years before the ferocious battle of Paschendale, for example, the British Army declared that men who developed shell shock as a result of a shell explosion would be entitled to wear a special 'wounded' rank and receive a pension. In contrast, men who had not been involved in a shell explosion were entitled to nothing and were instead branded as having a defective character. But such a narrow definition of the causes of shell shock was problematic because the Army often had difficulty in proving which cases were which. This left many soldiers adrift of the help and support they needed.

Tragically, many of the victims of Shell Shock were court-martialled during World War One and their diagnosis of Shell Shock was not considered an admissible defence. Of the 346 executions carried out by the British Army, for example, 266 of these were for 'desertion.' Another 18 men were killed for 'Cowardice,' 7 for 'Quitting A Post Without Authority,' 5 for 'Disobedience to a Lawful Command,' and 2 for 'Casting Away Arms.' In 2006, the government issued a posthumous pardon to each of these men but, for these men, the damage was already done.

The Battle of the Somme (1916) created an additional 60,000 casualties of Shell Shock – a figure unmatched by any other battle – and, in its aftermath, the Royal Army Medical Corps was banned from using the term, 'Shell Shock.' While the name disappeared, the condition has lingered and is now referred to as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

  • When:  Saturday 14th September 2019
  • Where:  From Wandsworth Bridge to Tower Bridge
  • Distance:  8 miles (approximate)
  • Meeting time:  From 12:30 at the Waterfront Pub, Juniper Drive, London, SW18 1TS
  • Start time:  Leave at 1.30pm
  • Finish time: Estimated 5pm - 5.30pm at All Bar One, 34 Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf, SE1 27G
  • Entry fee: £20.00 per adult - children go for free (cash payment collected on the day or purchase in advance

If you would like to  raise sponsorship start a Just Giving page for free at: Suggested sponsorship target:  £100.00

Detailed directions are here below:

  • 12:30 Meeting time:  From 12:30 at the Waterfront Pub, Juniper Drive, London, SW18 1TS - 8 minutes’ walk from Wandsworth Town train station.  There is food and drink available in the pub, or bring a picnic as there is a pleasant public area outside on the Embankment.
  • 1:30 Walk from Wandsworth Bridge on the southbank to the Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park (40 mins)
  • 2:10: Stop: Rest at Peace Pagoda (20 mins) - there are lavatories at the Pierpoint Cafe located 100 metres further on, 50 metres south
  • 2:30 Carry on along southbank to the next bridge, Chelsea Bridge: walk under bridge, then immediately right and up steps to walk across bridge to north side. Walk along northside to Vauxhall Bridge, then turn right to cross bridge, where you will see Pret Manger (opposite MI6)
  • 3:00 Stop: Rest at Pret a Manger - tea time (20 mins) there are lavatories and refreshments

If you want to leave here, then Vauxhall station is 3 minutes walk away - BR, tube

To take part or for more information please click here.