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... among the graves.
Dernacourt, Jeancourt, Grevilles. Each cemetery has its own register, for those buried and those whose names are inscribed on the memorial. We recorded our visit and the soldier searched for on Lyn's behalf. Initially I was doing a friend a favour and out of curiosity, but it soon became personal to locate each and every one.
... First World War between 1915 and 1918 with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. A visitors' centre opened in 2004.
A LITTLE POEM TO END WITH TO TAKE THE SADNESS OUT OF OUR BATTLEFIELD TOUR
A war poem by A C Herbert The General inspecting the trenches exclaimed with a horrified shout,
"I refuse to command a Division
Which leaves its excreta about."
.And certain ...
... 8217;s Grt, grt, grt Uncle William had been a stretcher bearer in the NZ regiment that saved the town. We walked around and found the memorial to the NZers who had distracted the Germans by creating lots of smoke and they launched a surprise attack by climbing up a ladder they constructed to get them up the wall. It was a hot day and everyone was tired.
We spent the afternoon in a big shopping mall buying some new clothes!
... 73000 men who have no known grave are commemorated. This structure is massive and sits in the middle of no where and is just staggering. Stop off at many other sites especially if they have some Australian context - let me say they just spring up like mushrooms. The main game today is the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, this is where our diggers stopped the Germans just prior to the end of the war but at a cost of so many lives. ...
Having not done an awful lot since my Round The World Trip other than Graduating, I went with some of my uni friends to Lille in France for a day trip to see the Christmas Markets.
It was a really long day, getting up at 3:45am to drive to Chingford, and not arriving back home until 1:20am the next morning...but it was a lot of fun! Great to spend some time ...