St. Osyth – St Peter & St Paul Church, War Memorials Old & New, & My Grandpa

The idyllic Essex village of St. Osyth, where I spent many a happy summer in my adolescence. 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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Right, the war’s finally over, before Christmas too, just the wrong one, and me and my mates want to go home.  Sort it out please. Continue reading

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The Menin Road – Hooge Crater Cemetery

Before we begin a new tour, which we shall be doing soon, there’s a cemetery, one of the largest to the east of Ypres, in fact the very first CWGC cemetery that I ever set foot in, back in 2005, that I have yet to show you round.  And it’s about time I did. Continue reading

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Dublin – Kilgobbin War Memorial & Kilternan Churchyard

A beautiful winter’s day, and this is the little cemetery at Kilgobbin, about six and a half miles south, and a little east, of Dublin City centre. Continue reading

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