Author Archives: Magicfingers

Strazeele War Memorial

A fine spring day in May 2022.  We are in Strazeele.  Where is Strazeele, I hear you cry? 

Posted in French War Memorials | 10 Comments

Mouscron – The Carrier Memorial at Risquons-Tout

On 25th May 1940, on the western outskirts of Mouscron, at the little village, at the time, of Risquons-Tout, the 1st Bn. East Surrey Regiment fought a minor defensive battle before continuing the retreat towards Dunkirk. 

Posted in World War II | 4 Comments

Mouscron Communal Cemetery & War Memorial

I see no CWGC sign outside these cemetery gates, so it’s a good job I’d done my research. 

Posted in Belgian Military Cemeteries, Belgian War Memorials | 14 Comments

The Wizernes Bunker Complex – La Coupole

So, we have a huge concrete dome structure up on a hill which, whatever its purpose, doesn’t look quite right, does it?

Posted in World War II | 8 Comments

La Plaine Au Bois – The Wormhoudt Massacre

Now, there’s a peaceful, pastoral, scene for you.

Posted in World War II | 15 Comments

World War II in Flanders Fields

Twenty nine months on, and at last I found myself back on the battlefields again. 

Posted in Miscellaneous, World War II | 18 Comments

Hatchford Churchyard

I didn’t even know this place existed until, literally, the other day. And as, on checking, I discovered that there’s a single Great War burial here, this afternoon the missus and I went to take a look.  There was once … Continue reading

Posted in Surrey, U.K. Churches, Memorials & Cemeteries - Back in Blighty | 11 Comments