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... from the fire brigade playing the last post to remember the commonwealth soldiers that passed through the gate on their way to the Western Front with thousands never to return. The people of Belgium hold Australians in very high regard and everywhere you go they make you feel welcome.
Tonight we stayed in Lille, France and we are off to explore the WW1 memorials in the morning.
Mid morning start from the camp site after an hour's revision work for Billy. We headed east out of Ieper just a few kilometres to Sanctuary Wood, of which there was none left after the fighting over it for possession of "Hill 62". Here you walk through a cafe and a rather tatty collectiion of shells, uniforms, photographs, recruitment posters and so on to an area of the wood in which survive the remnants of WW1 trenches and tunnels. To what extent they have ...
... chemical warfare against international law. Mind you, the allies were just as quick to abandon all diplomatic protocol to introduce it as well once the Germans began to use it.
The deaths again are astounding to imagine. During a barrage there were three shells per square metre per hour – hence why farmers are still finding unexploded shells today when they plough their fields.
It is staggering to ...
... rank, and run by a Reverend Tubby Clayton. The current house has been fully restored and has 4 storey’s of rooms refurbished in the WWI style. The gardens were set out beautifully and the museum contained brilliant exhibits and interesting information boards and photos.
Afterwards, I wandered around the town a bit more and had a delicious coffee and apple cake in a small ...
... So i just went from bus to bus saying "Ettlegem" (which I found out real quick I was pronouncing it wrong) and pointing to each gate with a dumb found look on my face. In the mean time I met a guy from Ethiopia just as confused and lost as I was. Although niether one of us really cared and had no specific time to be anywhere we were still anxious to find "the one"! Finally it showed up about an ...