An overview of life.
An overview of what can be expected
to be found inside this La Boisselle,
Tea Room near Lochnagar Crater
When this elephant wandered past us our guide said,
There goes the whole of Africa.
Knowing our guide he would have
had a twinkle in his eye, as we did,
not knowing whether he had
said Hole or Whole
However there was no discussion about spelling
we when arrived at Lochnagar Crater, some
21 Km from Villers Bretonneux.
A hole in the ground it was.
Created by detonating 27 tons of explosive
under the German army’s frontline.
The explosion created a crater
330 feet (100.5 metres) across
and 70 ft (21 metres) deep.
For comparison a Jumbo jet
measures 63 metres in length
with a wing span of 60 metres
and a height of 19.4 metres (63 ft 6 in)
meaning it would easily fit in the crater.
…Western Front Battlefields in
France and Belgium.
My Paternal Grandfather served on
the Western Front during that conflict.
Lochnagar is a privately owned ‘attraction’
created after allied forces tunnelled
under Germany’s Army and detonated
25 tonnes of explosives.
The crater is approximately 300 feet
in diameter by 90 feet deep
and is the only surviving crater
of many other such craters,
which are now filled in.
Along the boardwalk around the crater
are these small plaques commemorating
a family member who had served on
the Western Front during
The Great War.
In 2017 each plaque cost
GBP25 or approximately $AUD45.
After several emails, the transfer of funds
and a few months waiting for
the ‘next batch‘ to be placed,
I now have a small memorial
to my Grandfather on the battlefields
upon which he served.
Lest We Forget.
Created by 27,000 kilograms of detonated explosives
in the Somme Battlefields, France.
This hole in the ground,
known as Lochnagar Crater,
was created after British soldiers
detonated 27,000 tons of explosives
under German lines during
World War I.
The force created a tear in the ground
measuring 220 feet (67 metres) diameter
and 450 feet (137 metres) across
Debris from the explosion rose
about 4,000 feet into the air.