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
Just next to the roundabout on which the Guynemer Memorial stands, this little brick memorial remembers the 243 men of the Tank Corps who were killed in the Salient during the Great War. Continue reading
Passing through Poelkapelle, heading for home after a long day tracing the old front lines south from Nieuwpoort down to Dixmuide*, Baldrick was persuaded to make one final stop, at this fine memorial to the French airman Georges Guynemer. Continue reading
Eighteen of these Demarcation Stones still exist across Belgium, originally erected in the 1920s to either mark the extent of the last German offensive that finally petered out in July 1918, or the point of departure from which the Allies launched their final, successful, onslaught against the Germans in August, depending on which point of view you prefer to take. Perhaps the most famous is this one at the roundabout that was once the crossroads known as Hellfire Corner. Note the sign to the right of the road showing that we are just leaving the outskirts of Ieper. Continue reading
This one’s for you, John. Continue reading
Edward Hughes, circa 1900. One in a million. Continue reading
Carnage on the roads last weekend necessitated a lengthy diversion which took me past the famous Fovant Badges, so I could hardly pass up the opportunity to take a couple of photos. Continue reading