Category Archives: Third Ypres & Passchendaele

Anzac’s Rest

While we were visiting Polygon Wood during last weekend’s Flanders trip, I decided it was high time I introduced myself to a certain Johan Vandewalle, who runs this bar near the north western corner of the wood.  Now Johan has … Continue reading

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O Lucky Man

You want to know what the weather was like in Flanders today?  Allow me to introduce you to the first clouds of the day, as the sun sets over Polygon Wood Cemetery.  A mere 710 photos taken on day uno … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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The Road to Passchendaele Part Five – Bridge House Cemetery

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.

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The Road to Passchendaele Part Two – Track X Cemetery

Track X Cemetery is sited in what was once No Man’s Land prior to 31st July 1917, the opening day of the Third Battle of Ypres.  The distance between the opposing trenches at this point was little more than a … Continue reading

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The Road to Passchendaele Part One – Buffs Road Cemetery

It’s a grey, icy day in Flanders Fields, and the sky looks leaden with snow, but, as you know, your intrepid adventurers rarely let such minor inconveniences deter us.  Oh no, we’re hardy folk, and this afternoon we ‘re out … Continue reading

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The Road to Passchendaele Part Four – New Irish Farm Cemetery

So, we started this mini-tour at La Belle Alliance Cemetery, with its 60 British burials; we then visited Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery & Extension, where just over 750 men are buried; now we arrive at New Irish Farm Cemetery, where … Continue reading

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