Auberge de la Foret
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A few shots of this afternoon in Ieper and the last post service at Menin Gate - which has been conducted every night at this site since 1920. This memorial had the names of just over 54000 men from the British Commonwealth whose bodies have never been found after the battle of the Somme. More particularly those allied soldiers who died at Polygon Wood, Tyne Cot, Fromelle & Passchendaele. ...
Basic hotel, but clean and a comfy bed. Tea making facilities are BAB though, just had a very dubious 'tea' from the vending machine that was comprised of hot lemon and congealed milk. Time for a well earned sleep, thank god we got on the earlier ...
... sons and it makes me angry. At 8:00pm every night they hold a short ceremony at the Gate which is always very well attended by people from many of the countries who sent men to the war. Wreaths are laid, prayers said and 6 very old buglars do a great jobof the last post and revaillie. We wandered home in quite a somber mood. The next day we left heading down to Amiens, visiting on the way VC corner. It is a small patch of very open ground, something that was repeated over ...
... superior and more than a trifle arrogant. There were some extraordinary characters... and some left us ashamed to be British.
Later when I braved the ferry's loos, I did a double take as I entered the Ladies, as one of the red caps I had thought was of the male variety, was either in the wrong loo or was in fact female.
The Jury is still out on this one.
In the corner, there were a couple heavily entwined for the ...
In a final irony, the British gave up this hard fought ridge, not long after in March 1918, in a desperate attempt to shorten their line and stop the German advance during their big and successful spring offensive.