The Belgian Sector Part Twelve – Diksmuide

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Our tour ends in Diksmuide, where the new Yser Tower looks down on the remains of the old Yser Tower.  All will be revealed. Continue reading

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The Belgian Sector Part Eleven – The Trench of Death

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No, not the Trench of Death, but one of the many water channels that criss-cross this part of Flanders.  This photograph shows you how close to the surfacc the water table is around here, and why trenches had to be built above ground level using wood, sandbags, wire  and, frankly, any other material that came to hand. Continue reading

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The Belgian Sector Part Ten – Oud-Stuivekens

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As we near Diksmuide, the chapel and observation post at Oud-Stuivekens, just half a mile west of the Yser, are well worth a visit. Continue reading

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The Belgian Sector Part Nine – Stuivekenskerke

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A short post, this one.  A mile east of Pervijze, but still a few hundred yards west of the Yser, Stuivekenskerke is not much more than a hamlet, but it does have a big church, and those with a keen eye (that’ll be Baldrick & me) might just spot two plaques on the wall on either side of the entrance. Continue reading

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The Belgian Sector Part Eight – Pervijze

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Pervijze Church, the CWGC notice on the pillar to the right signifying that a Commonwealth War Grave can be found in the churchyard. Continue reading

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The Belgian Sector Part Seven – Ramscappelle

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The church at Ramscappelle, completely rebuilt, as so many others, since the war.  The village was under constant German attack throughout the Battle of the Yser, the final action of which took place here on 30th & 31st October 1914, as we shall see later. Continue reading

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The Belgian Sector Part Six – Belgian Military Cemetery Ramskapelle

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Just before the road from Nieuwpoort arrives in the village of Ramscappelle, this Belgian cemetery, containing the graves of more than 600 Belgian soldiers, many of whom lost their lives in October 1914 during the Battle of the Yser, is the site of our next stop. Continue reading

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