Every Picture Tells A Story No.2

For a number of years now I have wanted to show you two particular photographs, and, now that both are in the public domain, I can do just that.  Not that there is anything unusual or particularly special about them as photographs, but there is a story attached to the second one of which, it seems, most people are unaware.  Both were taken by controversial Australian photographer Frank Hurley near Birr Cross Roads on the Menin Road (although I should point out that there is nothing contentious about these photos) in September 1917, the above picture showing British walking wounded and German prisoners as they trudge away from the battlefield, passing stretcher cases awaiting evacuation as they go.  The ditched vehicle that looks remarkably like a camper van (it does!),… Continue reading

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Ypres – A Return to Ramparts Cemetery (Lille Gate)

It’s been a good few years now.  Continue reading

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French Flanders: The Cemeteries on the Lys Part Twelve – La Gorgue Communal Cemetery

Another communal cemetery, this time with a CWGC sign for all to see. Continue reading

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French Flanders: The Cemeteries on the Lys Part Eleven – La Gorgue War Memorial

Less than a mile south west of Estaires, and now just south, once more, of the River Lys, our penultimate stop on the first part of this tour finds us at the war memorial in the centre of La Gorgue. Continue reading

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The Somme – Rancourt Military Cemetery – ‘To the Immortal Memory’

A brief diversion from our current French Flanders tour, dictated entirely by today’s date.  This is Rancourt Military Cemetery, on the Somme. Continue reading

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French Flanders: The Cemeteries on the Lys Part Ten – Estaires War Memorial

Estaires war memorial is not only quite unusual, and I think quite beautiful, but damned tricky to photograph, even if it doesn’t look it. Continue reading

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French Flanders: The Cemeteries on the Lys Part Nine – Estaires Communal Cemetery Part Two

If you were with us last post we were in Estaires Communal Cemetery.  And we still are. Continue reading

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