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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 ...
One of the highlights of the summer occurred when I took a day trip, along with Saman, Matt and Jenna over the channel to Flanders. And best of all....the ferry was free!
Having underwhelming service on the Christmas Ferry out to Lille back in December, we complained and were awarded free, unrestricted ferry tickets for 2014.
The day trip turned into a weekend for me, as I left work ...
... per cent of Belgium on its bikes. We had a morning stop at the Waterloo battle site as recce'd the other day. The Butte du Lion is an artificial pyramidal mound constructed in the 1820's to commemorate the battle of 1815 when everybody except the French defeated the French. There was no mention in the explanatory displays in the adjacent buildings of where the bodies of the thousands killed here might lay. The top of ...
... singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Bye for now,
Alan and Nise
... by the Germans and which was used as an advanced dressing station for the wounded, after its capture. At the end of 1918 it contained 343 graves, but then grew as thousands of remains from the surrounding battlefields were brought in.
It continues to grow even today, as remains are still uncovered during many construction works on the old Western Front. With 11958 burials - 3587 of them identified, it is the largest Commonwealth War ...