The Easter Rising Part Two – Dublin Castle

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One of the gates to Dublin Castle, the centre of British power in Ireland in 1916. Continue reading

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The Easter Rising Part One – The Dublin GPO

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More than four years ago now, I published a short series of posts featuring a few of the sites in Dublin that still bear the scars of battle (such as the bullet hole above, on one of the columns outside the General Post Office in the centre of the city) from the Easter Rising of 1916.  Since then, on two further trips, I have visited many of the other areas of Dublin where fighting took place that April week, and over time I intend to not only bring you a new series of posts featuring my recent travels, but also to republish, with major photographic additions and textual amendments, the original Rising posts.  This being the first. Continue reading

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In Dublin’s Fair City

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Yesterday I returned from what was my third visit to one of my favourite cities in the whole world.  This is Dublin by night, and me and the missus went over last Wednesday for a few days to visit some dear friends of whom we unfortunately see too little.

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The Nursery: Behind the Lines – Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery & the Cite Bonjean (New Zealand) Memorial

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Situated in the south western corner of the town of Armentières, Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery is one of the largest cemeteries in this part of French Flanders. Continue reading

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Another Trench at Ypres

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Another newly acquired postcard, and again an image I haven’t seen anywhere else, this view of a captured French trench near Ypres was taken the day after the Germans’ first ever use of gas on 22nd April 1915, at the start of the Second Battle of Ypres.  It was the French Algerians who took the brunt of the gas attack, and the Germans in the photograph stand over two of the unfortunate Zouaves who died having little or no idea what was happening to them, as the pale green cloud washed over them and the hydrochloric acid began to form in their lungs.  Many fled, but clearly these brave men didn’t.

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The First Trench at Ypres

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Here’s an interesting postcard that came into my possession only this week.  I often talk about how trenches in Flanders had to be built above ground due to the high water table, using whatever came to hand, and this photograph of the first trench at Ypres (and why not?), is as good an example as any I’ve seen.

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Ypres (Ieper) – The Cloth Hall: In Flanders’ Fields Museum

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Late afternoon in a wintry Ieper, and, as we have a little time to spare, let’s pay a quick visit to the In Flanders’ Fields Museum, which you can find in the Cloth Hall (on the left above, of course), where there’s a display of Great War headstones and memorials that you might find of interest. Continue reading

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