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Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: The Memorial Chapel, Talbot House, Poperinghe, Belgium

The Memorial Chapel, Talbot House, Poperinghe, Belgium
Talbot House, a rest house for soldiers and officers, was started by Padre Philip Byard (Tubby) Clayton and was officially opened on 11 December 1915

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Polish Memorial, Cloth Hall, Ypres, Belgium

Polish Memorial, Cloth Hall, Ypres, Belgium
The memorial, which is on an outside wall, commemorates the Polish Forces who liberated Ypres in September 1944. In September 2016 researcher Chris Lock discovered that three Polish soldiers were not

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Thanking the Last Post Buglers at the Menin Gate

Thanking the Last Post Buglers at the Menin Gate
The Last Post at the Gate has been played at 8pm under the arches by Ypres firemen (with only an interval during WW2) since the unveiling on 24 July 1927

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Captain Woodward, 1st Australian Tunneling Company

Captain Woodward, 1st Australian Tunneling Company
Captain Oliver Woodward was one of the heroes of the underground war at Hill 60. He had trained as a mining engineer and during his military career won the MC and two bars

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Prowse Point St Yvon Christmas Memorial Area with footballs

Prowse Point St Yvon Christmas Memorial Area with footballs
Prompted by the 100th Anniversaries of the battles of WW1, much interest in the Truces that took place beteen the enemies at Christmas 1914, particulary in this area

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Bruce Bairnsfathers Cottage Memorial, St Yvon, Belgium

Bruce Bairnsfathers Cottage Memorial, St Yvon, Belgium
The rebuilt cottage stands on the site of the original building in which, in 1914, Bruce Bairnsfather drew his first catoons which led to the creation of Old Bill

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Field gun and soldier statues, Plugstreet Experience

Field gun and soldier statues, Plugstreet Experience
The gun and the statues, which are cut-outs made from steel sheets, are in the grounds of the Plugstreet 14-18 Experience (Interpretation Centre)

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Reconstructed CWGC Cemetery, Colne Valley, Ypres

Reconstructed CWGC Cemetery, Colne Valley, Ypres
The Cemetery faces a feature known as Colne Valley. It is on one of the marked walking routes around the Ypres battlefields

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: The American Bridge, Vierstraat, Belgium

The American Bridge, Vierstraat, Belgium
The bridge crosses the small stream the Kemmelbeek. In the August 1918 offensive the centre line of the attacking American 27th Division crossed over this bridge, hence its local name of American

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Christmas Truce Memorial, Peace Village, Messines

Christmas Truce Memorial, Peace Village, Messines
The memorial carries the words A Lull in the Hate and refers to the football match played between the Germans and the British at Christmas 1914

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: British CWGC Cemetery Tyne Cot, Passchendaele, Belgium

British CWGC Cemetery Tyne Cot, Passchendaele, Belgium
This is the largest British War Cemetery in the world and was designed by Sir Hebert Baker (who designed the tomb of Cecil Rhodes in Delhi)

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Welsh National Memorial Dragon, Hagebos - Iron Cross

Welsh National Memorial Dragon, Hagebos - Iron Cross
This fine memorial in Belgium is not only to the 38th Welsh Division, but to all Welsh Forces who fought in the Ypres Salient. It is similar to the dragon at Mametz on the Somme

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Bus House CWGC Voormezeele, Belgium

Bus House CWGC Voormezeele, Belgium
Marking places on battefields is always a tricky business. hence the use of simple identifiers such as Lone Tree, Railway Corner etc. Our old friend Rose Coombs told how this cemetery got its name

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: The Lille Gate in the Ypres ramparts seen across the moat

The Lille Gate in the Ypres ramparts seen across the moat
Ypres is a walled city and it has several routes into it. The two most well-known of its gates through the ramparts are via the Menin Gate (on the old road to Menin)

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: The Izjer Tower seen through the Pax Gate, Dixmuide

The Izjer Tower seen through the Pax Gate, Dixmuide
Listed as an International Peace Centre, the Tower is a symbol of Flemish Nationalism which came to a head during the First World War. The Towers history goes back to the 18th Century

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: The Trenches of Death Museum by the River Izjer, Dixmuide

The Trenches of Death Museum by the River Izjer, Dixmuide
The Trenches of Death formed a Belgian defensive line along the west bank of the River Izjer which was pivotal in preventing the Germans breaking through to the Channel Ports

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Belgian Headstones Houthulst Belgian Military Cemetery

Belgian Headstones Houthulst Belgian Military Cemetery
This War Cemetery is maintained by the War Graves Department of the Belgian MOD. It is on the edge of the Houthulst forest which Napoleon called he key to the Low Countries

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Memorial Chapel Calvery, Dixmuide

Memorial Chapel Calvery, Dixmuide
This is a religious monument which is dedicated to all of the soldiers and civilians who died in the Great War. On 23 September 1928 it was solemnly blessed by the Bishop of Bruges in the presence of

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Memorial to Belgian pilot Willy Coppens, Klerken, Belgium

Memorial to Belgian pilot Willy Coppens, Klerken, Belgium
The small memorial to Heldhaftig Piloot Willy Coppens is in the Willy Coppens Plein in Klerken. He was Belgians leading fighter ace and, like American Frank Luke

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Edmund Blunden Information Board, Vlamertinghe, Belgium

Edmund Blunden Information Board, Vlamertinghe, Belgium
The board is outside the Chateau. Blunden was in the 11th Royal Sussex, camped just outside Vlamertinghe in the preparations for the Third Battle of Ypres

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Hopstore CWGC Cemetery, Vlamertinghe, Belgium

Hopstore CWGC Cemetery, Vlamertinghe, Belgium
The village, known as Vlam to the Tommies, was a pile of rubble by 1918 but the area of the Cemetery was just outside the range of the medium guns and the hop building, in the background here

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Memorial to the 2nd and 4th Carabiniers, Zuidschote

Memorial to the 2nd and 4th Carabiniers, Zuidschote
This acknowledges their part in the April 1915 gas attacks and is on house number 15 in General Lotzstraat. It was erected by the Carabiniers Old Comrades Association. Date: 2016

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Vlamertinghe Chateau, subject of Edmund Blunden poem

Vlamertinghe Chateau, subject of Edmund Blunden poem
Blunden wrote the poem, On Passing Vlamertinghe Chateau in July 1917 in which he describes Poppies by the million. The Chateau survived the war

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Headstone of Private Richard le Page, 26 March 1918

Headstone of Private Richard le Page, 26 March 1918
Le Page, who was 42 years old, was in the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry. He is buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery. The Regiment was formed at the end of 1916 from the Guernsey Militia

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Preserved Yorkshire Trench - Boesinge

Preserved Yorkshire Trench - Boesinge
This was first explored in February 1992 by a local group called The Diggers. Gradually an important trench and dug-out system was uncovered

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: The Kleine Berta Mortar, Boezinge

The Kleine Berta Mortar, Boezinge
This Little Bertha mortar (named after Bertha, Gustav Krupps wife), sits on the top of an ivy-covered blockhouse in the centre of the village

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Ypres battlefields Entry Point North, Klein Zwaanhof

Ypres battlefields Entry Point North, Klein Zwaanhof
The Ypres battlefield has been divided into three areas, each with walking and cycling routes, and each featuring a particular aspect of the land

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Memorial board for Harry Patch, the last British veteran

Memorial board for Harry Patch, the last British veteran
The board stood alongside Harrys memorial beside the Steenbeek stream. Both were damaged by motor vehicles and have since been moved. Harry paid for the memorial himself. Date: 2016

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Memorial to Irish poet Francis Ledwidge, Artillery Wood

Memorial to Irish poet Francis Ledwidge, Artillery Wood
The memorial, mounted on a brick plinth, carries a photo of the poet. Beside it the Irish flag flies, there is an information board and behind is an apple tree planted in his memory on 27 March 2010

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: German cemetery Langemarck mass grave

German cemetery Langemarck mass grave
The majority of the over 44, 000 bodies buried here are from the fighting during the First Battle of Ypres that began on 18 October 1914

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Tribute to Harry Patch, Carrefour, Langemarck

Tribute to Harry Patch, Carrefour, Langemarck
This was done by Moorslede artist Philip Cardoen and is part of a series of 60 pictures planned to form The Western Front Painting Tour. Date: 2016

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Menin Road South CWGC Cemetery

Menin Road South CWGC Cemetery
The cemetery was used by the 85ths Staffs, 9th East Surreys and Field Ambulances from January 1916 to 1918. It contains UK, Australian, Canadian, New Zealand

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Mourning figures German War Cemetery Langemarck

Mourning figures German War Cemetery Langemarck
In various renovations over the years these figures have been moved from place to place in the cemetery. Now they stand at the top end of the mass grave. They were sculpted by Professor Emil Krieger

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: German gas attack 22 April 1915 Memorial

German gas attack 22 April 1915 Memorial
This is to the French 87th Territorial Infantry Division and is on the wall of Langemarck Town Hall. Date: 2016

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Typical Commonwealth War Grave CWGC signs, Potijze

Typical Commonwealth War Grave CWGC signs, Potijze
The typical, ubiquitous CWGC green signs with white lettering, point to Potijze Chateau Grounds, Potijze Chateau Lawn and Potijze Chateau Wood Cemeteries. Date: 2016

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Kiwanis Model of the Menin Gate - Menin Gate Ramparts

Kiwanis Model of the Menin Gate - Menin Gate Ramparts
The model is remarkably life-like and is Dedicated to the Relatives of the Soldiers who stood here from 1914-1918. Kiwanis International is an international service club founded in 1915 in Detroit

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Detail, Queen Victoria Rifles Memorial, Hill 60

Detail, Queen Victoria Rifles Memorial, Hill 60
The plaque details how the Queen Victoria Rifles Memorial had been destroyed in 1940 by the Germans and was rebuilt using some of the original stone

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Queen Victorias Rifles Memorial, Hill 60

Queen Victorias Rifles Memorial, Hill 60
This is in an enclosed walking area which includes craters.The memorial was destroyed by the Germans in 1940 and later restored. Many veterans had their ashes scattered here. Date: 2016

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Ypres battlefields Entry Point South, Palingbeek

Ypres battlefields Entry Point South, Palingbeek
Three Entry Points (North, East and South) to walking tours covering many points of interest in the Salient were created for the 100th Anniversaries, each with an unmanned Information Centre

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: 2nd Worcesters Memorial, Geluveld Mill

2nd Worcesters Memorial, Geluveld Mill
This commemorates the famous battle of 31 October 1914 when the Worcesters, together with the 1st South Wales Borderers, stopped a German attack that was close to breaking through to Ypres

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Two shot French Resistance Members Memorial, Hill 60

Two shot French Resistance Members Memorial, Hill 60
Pierre Marchant and Lucien Olivier were shot on 2nd September 1944. The memorial is beside the bridge over the railway. Date: 2016

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Canadian 15th Battalion 48th Highlanders, 3rd Bde Memorial

Canadian 15th Battalion 48th Highlanders, 3rd Bde Memorial
This commemorates the Battle of Mount Sorrel, Observatory Ridge, and has a bas relief map of the action of 2 June 1916. It was unveiled on 22 October 2011. Date: 2016

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: A bunker at the northern corner of Shrewsbury Forest

A bunker at the northern corner of Shrewsbury Forest
The forest was named by the 2nd Kings Shropshire Light Infantry in March 1915. It had been taken by the Germans in October 1914 but they were driven out on the 31st. Date: 2016

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Australian 5th Division Memorial detail, Polygon Wood

Australian 5th Division Memorial detail, Polygon Wood
The memorial itself stands on top of the old rifle buttes used for musketry training before 1870. Polygon Wood is now replanted, the original one having a trotting course inside. Date: 2016

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Plaque to Capt Clement Robertson VC, Merlijn Restaurant

Plaque to Capt Clement Robertson VC, Merlijn Restaurant
The memorial, on the wall of the restaurant, was unveiled on 29 April 2019 in the presence of Lt Gen A.D. Leakey, the British Ambassador Alison Rose

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Buttes New CWGC Cemetery, New Zealand Memorial

Buttes New CWGC Cemetery, New Zealand Memorial
The cemetery lies on an area which was a pre-war drill ground. It contains 1, 317 UK burials, 564 Australian, 50 Canadian, 167 New Zealand, and 1, 703 Unknown, plus 35 Special Memorials

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Flemish Soldiers Memorial Crypt, Zonnbeke

Flemish Soldiers Memorial Crypt, Zonnbeke
The crypt is in the local cemetery. There was considersable acrimony between the French speaking population and those who spoke Flemish

Background imageImages Dated 1st June 2020: Plaque to Canadian Artillery D21 Battery, Zonnebeke

Plaque to Canadian Artillery D21 Battery, Zonnebeke
The plaque is on the outside wall of the re-built church. The battery was stationed in Zonnebeke during Third Ypres, October-November 1917



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