Campanile Bethune Fouquieres-les-Bethune
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Before we head over to the Continent for six months or so, it was time to make a quick visit to Reading, to STJ Motorhomes, where we purchased Oscar, so that we can get a few things fixed. All I can say is that Stephen, Chris & Dan went out of their way to help us and were extremely helpful, even down to allowing us to stay overnight in the yard. We managed to get everything fixed, some new things ordered that we will collect when ...
... 956 Commonwealth war dead with a lump in my throat so big I could hardly breathe. It was awful. Curved wall alcoves contain the Memorial to the Missing, names of 34,957 soldiers who have no known grave and who all died after 15 August 1917. Those who died before this date, 55,000, are on the Menin Gate Memorial. On the way in you pass through the visitors' centre, listening to a monotone female voice read out the names, countries and ages of the ...
... 8211; clearly there had been heavy rain over the last couple of days. As a result, when pulling nose-first into our selected pitch, our front wheels began to spin, and spin. Oh dear! Our vehicle is incredibly nose heavy and low geared! Quickly abandoned all hope of self-extraction and relieved to hear that the site management would be able to help in the ...
... a live bomb. He thought nothing of it, and kept going. Then he pulled up a second one. At that moment he called in the police, who discovered that his field was littered with live bombs from WWI. The town has a distress call for when mustard gas is hit, telling citizens to get to the second story. We also heard about a construction crew that lost 7 people when they hit a live bomb while excavating.
On the drive, we passed over "The River that Stopped ...
... in the paper. I recently discovered that he was disciplined on November 1, 1916 for disobedience. He would have been in France for 6 months by that point, and I like to think that his act of disobedience - whatever it was - was linked to preserving his humanity. Out here, on the Belgian battlefields, it seems as if it was a hard feat to accomplish.
We drove next to Tyne Cot cemetery, which was an important piece of land and housed German ...