The Nursery Part Three – Bois-Grenier Communal Cemetery

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The communal cemetery in Bois-Grenier contains 121 British Great War burials. Continue reading

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The Old & The New

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The old and the new.  Bleriot & Hawk.

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The Nursery Part Two – White City Cemetery

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Just a couple of hundred yards across the fields to the east of Y Farm Military Cemetery, where our tour began, our second stop, White City Cemetery, is considerably smaller, as you can see, and was used for a far shorter period of time. Continue reading

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The Nursery Part One – Y Farm Military Cemetery

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You may remember, a little while ago now, that we visited six cemeteries that lie between Ploegsteert Wood and the Franco-Belgian border, which, in this part of Flanders, follows the course of the River Lys (or Leie, if you prefer).  It’s high time we visited the cemeteries  immediately south of the border, in French Flanders, and on this tour we shall. Continue reading

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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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