German Military Cemeteries in France & Belgium

I don’t know about you, but I find delving into all things German on the Western Front pretty tricky at times.  There’s the obvious language problem, of course, but I get by, and yet sometimes it’s the stuff that should be simple, like attempting to track down the location of the German cemeteries still to be found in France and Belgium, that proves problematic and time-consuming.  I mean, do you know how many there are and where they’re all located? Continue reading

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French Flanders: The Cemeteries on the Lys Part Two – A Return to Suffolk Cemetery (La Rolanderie Farm)

It’s only a little place, Suffolk Cemetery (La Rolanderie Farm), but it will forever be dear to my heart.  And I suppose, for personal reasons, this is up there with the most important of the close-on nine hundred posts that have been published on this website since late 2010. Continue reading

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French Flanders: The Cemeteries on the Lys Part One: Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension

Okay, I’ve been intimating for some time now that we will be off on a new tour soon, so let’s bite the bullet and get started.  We begin with another visit to the cemetery at Erquinghem-Lys, just a mile south west of the outskirts of Armentières, and today well on the way to becoming an outskirt itself. Continue reading

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Berwick Barracks – King’s Own Scottish Borderers Regimental Museum

The entrance to Berwick Barracks, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland. Continue reading

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Beselare War Memorial

Dying Belgian soldier on the face of Beselare war memorial. Continue reading

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Rifles, Cycles & Sisters

A bunch of Great War rifles from four of the warring nations.  As usual, click to enlarge. Continue reading

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Mechelen War Memorial

It’s nearing midnight in Mechelen, and thanks to some very kind locals, who didn’t seem in the least perturbed by my nocturnal mission, and despite the racket coming from a couple of deejays working a large stage set up in the square on the other side of the cathedral, and the accompanying crowds, armed police (searched twice betwixt hotel and cathedral), and a steward who allowed me in to what was actually a vast cycle park (below), I can show you a few shots of Mechelen war memorial, because, long-time readers won’t be surprised to hear, none of that was going to stymie this late night excursion. Continue reading

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