Autumn leaves litter a Flanders cemetery. It’s been a while coming, I admit, but it’s time to set off on another tour. This time we shall be visiting the Great War cemeteries and memorials to be found in the area between Vierstraat and Kemmel, followed by Loker, and then Dranouter.
And we shall finally visit Mont Kemmel, or the Kemmelberg, if you prefer, in the background of this shot of Locre Hospice Cemetery, and reveal its bloody history.
The area we shall be exploring is shaded on this map, and to get your bearings, the Poperinge – Ypres road crosses the top of the map; note the proximity of the German lines (in red), as they were for much of the war, on the far right.
And here’s the larger Lys battlefield, with the same area highlighted.
Although the Kemmel area saw action in the early months of the war, in the days before the static front line of the next four years had formed,…
…it was the fighting here from late April through the summer of 1918 that would leave the landscape devastated,…
…and today, the numerous cemeteries and memorials scattered across the countryside still tell their sad tale. You up for this one? If so, it all begins here.