A Tour of Boesinghe Part Nineteen – Colne Valley Cemetery (Part Two)

It’s January 2017, and frost covers the ground as we return for a third time to Colne Valley Cemetery.  As you can imagine, I was very much looking forward to another visit to one of my favourite little cemeteries, as much as anything because of the state of the place last time we’d been there. Continue reading

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A Tour of Boesinghe Part Eighteen – Colne Valley Cemetery (Part One)

There is a very good reason why this post is Colne Valley Cemetery Part One, and all will be revealed in due course.  But for starters, this was the first of four visits Baldrick and I have so far made to this cemetery, along with numerous drive-pasts – it sounds daft, but you’d be amazed how easy it is to miss this little place – and at times it has looked decidedly different from previous visits, which is not what you generally expect from a cemetery. Continue reading

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A Tour of Boesinghe Part Seventeen – Yorkshire Trench & Dug Out

The entrance to Yorkshire Trench & Dug Out, very easy to miss, particularly if you are looking the other way in the brief moment the car passes by. Continue reading

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A Tour of Boesinghe Part Sixteen – Dragoon Camp Cemetery

Dragoon Camp Cemetery can be found in the middle of the fields about 800 yards south east of Artillery Wood Cemetery, on land that was well behind the German lines until the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres. Continue reading

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A Tour of Boesinghe Part Fifteen – Artillery Wood Cemetery

Artillery Wood Cemetery is the furthest north of the eight cemeteries (and one churchyard) included in this tour, and one of the furthest north of all the British Great War cemeteries on mainland Europe, if you discount those on the Channel coast. Continue reading

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A Tour of Boesinghe Part Fourteen – The Carrefour des Roses & Francis Ledwidge Memorial

So here we are in the fields on the eastern side of the Yser Canal, looking west towards the spire of Boesinghe church, some three quarters of a mile away on the other side of the water. Continue reading

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Austro-Hungarian Hand Grenades of the Great War Part Six – The Schwere Hand Grenade Part Three

This is the third, and largest, example of a Schwere hand grenade that I can show you, and this is a seriously heavy piece of kit, weighing in at over one and a half pounds. Continue reading

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