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... sacrifice. Facing the Douai Plain, is a single sculpture of a sorrowing woman, portraying Canada as a young nation mourning its dead. Inscribed on the walls of the monument are the names of the Canadian soldiers who died with no known grave.
In 1914, the Germans had advanced as far as the ridgeline known as Vimy Ridge, and thereafter dug in ...
... 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.
... kindly let us use their washing machine so we had clothes to wear the next day! Their house was set in a beautiful English country garden they had developed form a paddock over the last 30 years. Mike and I slept down stairs and the 3 children were in beds up stairs with a sloped roof and skylight. There were photos of their travels all over the walls and they were keen for us to help them plan their trip to NZ.
... became air raid shelters for the townspeople of Albert during WW2. The tunnels are 10m underground and it was bloody cold. This was a great museum to get an overall history of WW1. The Somme is an area where a lot of New Zealand soldiers died (including my great-great grandfather, but more on that later). The walk through the trenches really gave you a sense of the horrific conditions these soldiers faced, no wonder so many died from disease. ...
... the trenches and rescued their mates. The full story behind the Cobber Memorial is on the AWM website.
The battle of Fromelles was a diversion for a bigger battle south at Pozieres.
The youngest of my 4 great uncles, Vern, won a Military Cross for his gallantry during the Fromelles battle while his brother Percy was fighting at Pozieres.