Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annexe

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Half a mile east of Wulvergem, just south of the road that leads towards Messines (now Mesen), this farm down in the valley of the River Douve plays host to two CWGC cemeteries. Continue reading

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Night Comes In

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Spot the Cross of Sacrifice.  Sunset at Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annexe.

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Flanders Fields, January 2014

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Flanders report, 24-27 January 2014:  Over the course of the weekend Baldrick and I visited 22 cemeteries… Continue reading

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So What Are You Up To This Weekend?

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Me, I shall be slipping and sliding around the soggy fields of Flanders.  By this time tomorrow evening it is reasonable to assume that Baldrick and I will have quaffed (more than) a beer or two whilst discussing our plans for Friday.  Can’t wait.

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So How Was Your Christmas?

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Houston, we have a problem… Continue reading

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Wulvergem Churchyard

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Wulvergem church.  A single plot in the churchyard contains the graves of nine identified and four unidentified men, along with a row of twelve special memorial headstones commemorating 23 men buried here whose graves were lost in later fighting. Continue reading

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The War Graves of Plymouth

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Back in May 2012 I told you about an afternoon spent exploring three vast cemeteries in the city of Plymouth that between them contain nearly 1500 First World War burials and more than 850 from the Second World War.  Plymouth was an important naval base in both wars and the area was littered with military establishments, including several naval and military hospitals.  The city cemeteries are scattered with the graves of hundreds of men, many from the Royal and Merchant Navies, who died locally, as well as hundreds more from almost every nation that fought under the British flag; these are the graves of men who received their wounds on the battlefields of France and Flanders, or perhaps even further afield, and who survived long enough to make it back to Blighty only to die, in many cases, still so far from home.

At the time I mentioned that at some future point I would get round to posting the photographs taken that day, and you will find, if you click the link below, that I finally have:

Weston Mill Cemetery

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