Jo’s-Monday-Walk-Wk46_Courcelette

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Jo’s Monday Walk

Week-46

Courcelette, Warlencourt-Eaucourt
France

Probably the driving force behind my trip to France

and the Western Front Battlefields of World War I

was to visit the village of Courcelette, however briefly.

It was near Courcelette that my Grandfather’s

superior officer had mentioned Bill’s bravery,

under fire, in his diary.

 

This diary extract,  is one the only things I have

of my Grandfathers possessions.

And then it is probably a copy of a copy.

Even though I had found Courcelette on Google…

I was still surprised at it’s size.

With a population of 142 in the 2007 census,

Courcelette was about the same size as my home town. 

However, narrow roads and shoulder to shoulder

housing made it seem much smaller. 

Courcelette appears to be suffering the same fate

as many rural towns in Australia. 

In 1968 its population was 180;

1982…150;

1999…133 and in

2007…142 in

  Clicking anywhere on this link will take you

to the source of this information.

Therefore our visit was a drive through and…

 

we were soon on the other side of town…

 

heading for the Courcelette British Cemetery.

This must have been another drive by or mini-stop.

I am not sure if this is Courcelette as we returned

or another town altogether.

It did not take long before we were in the midst

of more farm land…

heading for Warlencourt-Eaucourt.

This memorial appears to recognise children

who died in France during World War I.

And I have only just noticed a crucified Jesus…

behind and below the French flag.

However, just out of town was our first stop

at a munitions dump.

According to Guide Phil, quality control was reduced

on the manufacture of munitions during WW I.

As a result of lowering standards one in three bombs

did not explode.

 All very interesting until Phil happened to mention

that if these old bombs decided to explode there

was enough explosive to kill all us.

I took a step or two back after that comment!!

Apparently farmers are still digging up these

old munitions and dropping them at

collection points like this one,

all over France.

Once a month authorities come and clear these sites.

This was about two weeks worth of collected ammunition.

And yes, sometimes the bombs explode.

Just ask the farmer whose plough hit  one.

The explosion went side ways and fortunately

did not kill the farmer.

The plough…well, that’s another story.

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