The Glorious Dead

Image courtesy of the CWGC

A recent comment on a post I published back in January about young Valentine Joe Strudwick piqued my interest; all your comments are interesting, of course they are, but you’ll see why I mention this one in particular.

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Travels on the Somme Part Fourteen – La Boisselle: The Glory Hole


At the south western edge of La Boisselle, a right fork off the main road leads us on to the road to Contalmaison, a very short distance up which, on the right side of the road, and easily missed, actually, if you are unaware they’re there,… Continue reading

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Travels on the Somme Part Thirteen – La Boisselle


La Boisselle, 2015.  It’s difficult to imagine the carnage here a hundred years ago.  But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.  Let’s backtrack a couple of minutes. Continue reading

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An Aussie in Flanders

DAD ARTHUR BREEDEN - German plane canvas 1917 outer side

A strip of camouflaged canvas from a downed German plane. Continue reading

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Travels on the Somme Part Twelve – Bapaume Post Military Cemetery


Bapaume Post Military Cemetery is sited about a mile north east of Albert, immediately alongside the main road to Bapaume, some eleven miles away. Continue reading

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Twenty Minutes After

123005A few years back now, I showed you a couple of pieces of artwork by Lieutenant Hugh Mossom Boyd of the Royal Engineers that I was kindly allowed to scan and publish, and I thought you might like to see another unpublished piece he painted whilst serving in Flanders in the summer of 1917. Continue reading

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Travels on the Somme Part Eleven – Albert


The rolling plains of Picardy. Continue reading

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