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Boyd of the Royal Engineers that I was kindly allowed to scan and publish, and I thought you might like to see another unpublished piece he painted whilst serving in Flanders in the summer of 1917.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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The Easter Rising – One Hundred Years On


One hundred years ago, on Easter Monday 1916, Patrick Pearse and his Irish Volunteers, alongside James Connolly and the Irish Citizen Army, occupied a number of important buildings in the city of Dublin, beginning what became known as the Easter Rising.  If you take a stroll around Dublin today there is still evidence of the Rising to be seen if you know where to look.  I’ve visited the city a couple of times in recent years, and if you’re interested in seeing some of the photos I took whilst there, I suggest you start with the General Post Office, one of the most important rebel sites during the fighting.

The photo above shows the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, now the Irish Museum of Modern Art, headquarters of Sir John Maxwell, the British Commander-in-Chief during the Rising.  There was heavy fighting in this area a hundred years ago, most notably at the South Dublin Union not far out of shot to the right of this photo, easily within range of a British machine gun sited on the roof of the hospital.

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The Nursery Part Fifteen – Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension

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The final stop on our tour of the Nursery is Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension. Continue reading

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The Nursery Part Fourteen – Ferme Buterne Military Cemetery


A mile up the road from La Chapelle d’Armentières, and no more than a mile due east of Armentières itself, the penultimate cemetery on our tour is Ferme Buterne Military Cemetery. Continue reading

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The Nursery Part Thirteen – A Tour Map

With only two cemeteries still to visit on this tour of the Nursery, I thought it might interest you to see where we have been, and where we have still to go, on this very nice Google map.  If you click the square on the right of the banner at the top of the map, the whole thing should open up in a nice new window.  In time, more and more British cemeteries, and a few German ones, will sadly feature on this map as we explore the areas to the west and south of the Nursery.  But that’s for the future.  Our penultimate stop on this tour, Ferme Buterne Military Cemetery, is next.

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The Nursery Part Twelve – La Chapelle d’Armentières Communal Cemetery


By the time we reach La Chapelle d’Armentières Communal Cemetery, the weather is at its worst. Continue reading

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