Finding Private Boland

December 2nd 2011.  Another beautiful day in Flanders fields.  Baldrick and myself have just returned from visiting the few remaining cemeteries in the Messines area that we haven’t had the opportunity to visit before.  Most of the photos we took today, along with many others, you will get to see sometime in 2012 (correction: 2013) when ‘A Tour of Messines’ comes to a computer near you, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak preview.


For Angela.

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8 Responses to Finding Private Boland

  1. Magic and Baldrick,
    Thank you so much for finding my site and then taking the time to visit my great-uncle Sidney’s grave- and take a photo. I was extremely moved and grateful when I saw your comment today. It is wonderful how the internet, and especially projects like yours are keeping the memories of these young men alive.
    I plan to read through your website to learn more, and will forward the link to others in the Boland family.

    Editorial update March 2014:

  2. Magicfingers says:

    Angela, you are most welcome. It was an honour to do so.

  3. Michael Boland says:

    That’s my uncle one of 3 brothers killed in ww1, 6 of brothers fought as well as a sister fron Cork Ireland

    • Magicfingers says:

      Hello Michael. Thanks for commenting – your uncle, Angela’s great uncle. Three out of six brothers is a heavy price.

  4. Liz Tobin says:

    I’m trying to find an image for the grave marker for Joseph Proudfoot Shaw buried at La Plus D0uve Farm Cemetery while I wait for CWGC to post an individual photo.
    Do you by chance have one?
    Here’s what we have to date from although some links are no longer valid
    Thanks Liz

    • Magicfingers says:

      Liz, I apologise that it has been a couple of days – and I’m afraid that I cannot help. Sorry. But you might be interested that just today on my travels I did come across a little headstone (not a CWGC one, but in a military cemetery), with all its brass lettering missing but still legible, for a Private E. Tobin, 6282220, The Buffs, who died on 14th March 1927. I mentioned to my colleagues for the day that I’d better check out your enquiry when I got home.

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