Ypres, Armistice Day 2018

Lest we forget

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Armistice Day 2018 – One Hundred Years On: A Surrey Village & the Great War

At the end of the Great War there were about fifty ‘Thankful Villages’ among the thousands of communities across the whole of the United Kingdom, one fifth of them, because that’s simply the luck of the draw, in just one single English county, Somerset.  Continue reading

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But not so pleasant up on the Aubers Ridge today.  Bear with me all you commenters.  Responses on my return to Blighty.  Assuming I’ve dried out by then.

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Mont Kemmel

‘Twas a nice day at the Kemmelberg today.

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The Somme – Fricourt German Military Cemetery

The village of Fricourt was a heavily fortified section of the German front line defenses prior to the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. Continue reading

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The Somme – Auchonvillers: Ocean Villas Tea Rooms Museum

Still in Auchonvillers, just three hundred yards from our previous stop at the communal cemetery, here we are back at Ocean Villas Tea Rooms run by the ever-welcoming Avril Williams (inset: Duncan Senior and others tuck in on a previous visit).  Continue reading

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The Somme – Auchonvillers Communal Cemetery

The unassuming entrance to Auchonvillers Communal Cemetery, with the ubiquitous dark green CWGC sign telling us that we really should take a look within. Continue reading

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