The Belgian Sector Addendum 2 – Coxyde Military Cemetery

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Coxyde Military Cemetery, some four miles to the west of Nieuwpoort, is the last resting place of more than 1500 British soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Great War, as well as 155 from the Second World War. Continue reading

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The Belgian Sector Addendum 1 – Koksijde War Memorial

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About four miles to the west of Nieuport (now Nieuwpoort) along the channel coast, Coxyde (now Koksijde) war memorial remembers the fallen, civilian and military, of both World Wars. Continue reading

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The St. Julien Memorial & Dochy Farm New British Cemetery

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By the time we took our leave of St. Julian Dressing Station Cemetery, the flurries of snow had, briefly as it turned out, ceased, although the temperature continued to fall as evening drew in.  A short distance north of St. Julien (now Sint-Juliaan) stands one of the most iconic memorials to be found anywhere on the Western Front.  The Brooding Soldier casts his gaze, as he has since 1923, over the battlefields of April 1915, where so many Canadians lost their lives. Continue reading

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The Road to Passchendaele Part Four – St. Julien Dressing Station Cemetery

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At the time of our visit, a little while back now, St. Julien Dressing Station Cemetery was undergoing some serious maintenance, so it’s fair to say that we didn’t exactly see it at its best, but the next time we find ourselves in St. Julien (now Sint-Juliaan), rest assured we will bring you updated pictures.  For now, however, this is what you get. Continue reading

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The Road to Passchendaele Part Three – Bridge House Cemetery

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Less than half a mile across the fields to the east of Seaforth Cemetery Cheddar Villa, we find one of the smallest cemeteries in the whole Ypres salient. Continue reading

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Seaforth Cemetery Cheddar Villa

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As you know, we recently visited two little cemeteries tucked away in the fields to the north east of Ieper, just off of the road to Sint-Juliaan (St. Julien, as was). Continue reading

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This Bloody Field…

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Apologies for the lack of posts recently, folks, but sometimes real life interferes.  To keep you going, here’s a picture of a field.  Not just any field, though.  No.  The date is 1st July 1916, and this is the view you and your fellow Yorkshiremen would have had as the whistles blew early that morning and you extricated yourself from your trench to assault the German front lines situated on the crest of the rise.

Very possibly the last view you would ever see.

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