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... that was only discovered recently. It was part of the Yorkshire offensive and is currently being restored. We then stopped at a place called Essex Farm. It is the exact location that John McCrae wrote In Flanders Fields. It was in a series of bunkers that were used by the Canadian troops as a hospital. The bunkers have been restored along with a memorial cemetery. At Ypres itself there is a ...
... finally to visit a Commonwealth cemetery, which was immaculate.
Leaving Ypres, we headed to the south to a restored trench system known as "Bayernwald". After racing to the local village to get tickets before closing we entered the site, and had a wander inside them to get a feel for how soldiers had to spend their time, including seeing some of the dugouts where soldiers would have slept.
... 15 September 1916 that New Zealand joined the Battle of the Somme. The Windmill site is a significance of the fist world war for its location on a low ridge. From there the ridge stretches northwards towards Mouquet farm and Thiepval. After Pozìères fell on 23 July to early august 1916, Australian soldiers fought to capture the site of the windmill against German opposition. Then until 5 September 3 Australian division were successively committed to ...
... weeks with Tom had been a blast. We were really thrilled we could spend some time with him and show him around Europe on his first big trip. Although it was sad to part ways we were already looking forward to meeting up with him again in the UK in early August to hear tales of the drunken debauchery that occurs when there's no parental supervision.
The next few blogs from me will now be unfiltered and unedited as I travel off on my own through France, Belgium (again) and into Germany. Stay tuned!
... to the supermarkets at €1.33. That's what I would call real "Highway Robbery".
During the past week in north eastern France I have taken lots of photos and video of the battlefields, cemeteries etc. I have even crafted a couple of videos now up on YouTube for a couple of people who asked me to look up the grave location of a relative.
Most of my time though, not spent riding, has been working specifically on the areas in which my grandfather fought ...