A Tour of Boesinghe Part One – Essex Farm Cemetery (Part One)

The commune of Boesinghe, or Boezinge, as it is currently called, was the scene of continuous fighting for much of the Great War, evidence of which exists in the eight cemeteries and numerous memorials that can be found in the surrounding area.  All of which we shall visit on this tour. Continue reading

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Zonnebeke Church Dugout

Oh my! Continue reading

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The Road to Passchendaele Addendum – Broodseinde War Memorial

The war memorial in the village of Broodseinde, just a few hundred yards north east of the much larger town of Zonnebeke. Continue reading

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The Americans at Brookwood

Having spent an afternoon at Brookwood Military Cemetery the other weekend, the first time I’d been there in a good few years, it won’t surprise you to hear that one of the projects on which I am currently working (alongside the forthcoming Boesinghe Tour, and various other odds and sods), is a return visit to Brookwood, in particular to look at some of the sections of this huge cemetery we didn’t see last time .  The Brookwood American Cemetery is one such area, and it occurred to me that it might get buried within what will be a far larger post when finally completed (and which will also only appear in the Back in Blighty category), so here, in its own right, is a tribute to the Americans buried in Brookwood, men who died in 1918 & 1919, thousands of miles from home on the other side of the pond. Continue reading

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Per Ardua Ad Astra

On 31st August 1917, a young pilot on a training run met his death when his Martinsyde G100 Elephant scout caught fire and broke up in the air before crashing near Hanworth, south west London. Continue reading

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A Tour of Boesinghe Prelude – Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery

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If you follow the main road out of Ieper (Ypres) north towards Boezinge (Boesinghe during the Great War), after only a few minutes, Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery comes into view on the right hand side of the road. Continue reading

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Dublin – The Garden of Remembrance

Time for the final set of photos from my Dublin trip late last year. Continue reading

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