Zillebeke – A Walk in the Palingbeek

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Parts of the Palingbeek remain relatively unknown, even today, to many visitors to the battlefields of the Great War in Flanders.  Even those who come to pay their respects to the men buried in the British cemeteries on the high ground of the Bluff, to the west of the Palingbeek, are often unaware that, on the other side of the hills to the east, there is much of interest to be found hidden away in the woods. Continue reading

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Tuileries British Cemetery

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No more than a couple of hundred yards south of Perth Cemetery (China Wall), in the outskirts of Zillebeke, another British cemetery can be found behind these houses to the west of the road. Continue reading

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Perth Cemetery (China Wall)

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Another of the many cemeteries to be found in the Zillebeke area, Perth Cemetery (China Wall) was begun by French troops in November 1914, and it was not until June 1917 that the first British burials were made here, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) becoming the first non-French troops to use the cemetery.  Between June and October 1917 some 130 British burials were made in what is now Plot I, but as the tide of war moved east, slowly and bloodily, towards the Passchendaele ridge, the cemetery became redundant.  It was only after the war that the number of burials was hugely increased as men, some French but the majority British, were brought here from battlefield graves, and a considerable number of smaller cemeteries, for reinterment. Continue reading

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The Tower of London 11-11-2014

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It seemed appropriate, on this particular day, to be here. Continue reading

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The Menin Road – The 18th Division & Gloucestershire Regiment Memorials

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We’ve been here before.  Many times, actually*.  This is the Menin Road, and we are heading east, towards Hooge on the horizon. Continue reading

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The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing

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“They sleep around us in hallowed ground”.

Welcome, my friends, to the internet’s biggest, if nothing else, photographic look around the Menin Gate.  Ever. Continue reading

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Tidworth Military Cemetery

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Just north of the garrison town of Tidworth in south east Wiltshire, Tidworth Military Cemetery contains burials from both World Wars, as well as later conflicts in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.  There are more than 400 First World War burials here, the majority men who were killed in accidents at the training camps that were sited on Salisbury Plain during the war, or who died of illness at two nearby military hospitals, one in Tidworth itself and the other at Fargo Camp a few miles away to the west.

Oh, and yes, I lied when I said recently that this post would not appear on the home page.  Tidworth Military Cemetery is an important, unusual, and relatively unknown place, and it deserves to be seen more widely. Continue reading

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