Six Months Update


Those of you who have been paying attention will be aware of a slight altercation that occurred at the end of last year between me and the river that runs not so far from my front door.  You will also recall that I lost.  Heavily.  Well here we are, six months down the line, and this, my friends, is the current state of affairs: Continue reading

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The Business of War

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An old, tattered, yet rather unusual photograph I was given just today. Continue reading

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R. E. Farm Cemetery


I considered including this little cemetery in the series of posts that made up the Tour of the Messines Ridge that you will find elsewhere on this site, as just half a mile up the road towards Wyschaete (Wijtschate) are the Kruisstraat Craters that we visited during that tour, and a little further on we would come to the Pool of Peace at Spanbroekmolen, but I decided against it, the burials here having little connection with the Battle of Messines, only a handful being made after April 1916. Continue reading

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Not Flanders Fields…

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You are witnessing a rare occurrence on this site.  The memorial you see perched atop the hill in this photograph has nothing whatsoever to do with the Great War… Continue reading

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In Memorium

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Interesting plaque I noticed whilst passing through the town of Clay Cross in North East Derbyshire this afternoon.

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Kandahar Farm Cemetery


A quarter of a mile west of St. Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, and a little way south west of the village of Wulvergem, Kandahar Farm Cemetery stands as a silent witness to the many wounded men whose journey ended at the Advanced Dressing Station that once stood here… Continue reading

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Flemish Fields

Hello all,

Baldrick here.

Surely you’ve seen my picture taken in posts past.

M and I have been visiting countless cemeteries throughout the South-West of Flanders in the last, oh say, 8 years, all the way down to the North of France.

There was mud and cold, there was anger, snow, angry farmers, sliding wheels and broken cameras. And there was redemption by the  side of a Grimbergen at the end of the day. I’ve learnt a lot about WWI from a British perspective through M.

I myself have a story to tell from the Flemish side. A dark story that involves a wife killer butcher who, between ’14/’18, fell under either German or British jurisdiction, and was subsequently released from jail, right when the war ended.

I’ve still to verify sources for now though, so hang on.

In the mean time, check out this splendid 12-part Flemish TV-series, aptly entitled In Vlaamse Velden.

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