Ibis Lille Lomme Centre
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... young men came for treatment and many died.
The day is unlike any other. I am on a tour with 12 others, all from countries that make up the allied forces. In a bus we crisscross the 12 kilometers between Passchendaele and Ypres where a century ago, half a million soldiers died.
I think that is the first thing that strikes me. Thousands of men spent four years fighting over the same 12 kilometers. Now there is a beautiful corduroy ...
... 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 ...
Departed Cantebury and set off for Dover. Our European adventure starts!
A calm, uneventful crossing and an easy drive to our first overnight stop in France, in Boiry Notre Dame. Arrived mid-afternoon – an acceptable site but clearly a "transit" location for Calais bound tourists. All the locations were grass and the reception apologised for ...
... 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.
... A very handsome Australian read the Exhortation ;
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.”
Googling afterwards revealed him to be Ben Roberts-Smith, a very gorgeous and highly decorated former Australian SAS soldier who has been awarded the Victoria Cross.
We dashed ...