During my 2017 visit to the Western Front Battlefields,
we visited many memorials dedicated to those who
paid the ultimate sacrifice and those listed as missing.
The Thiepval Memorial, on the Somme, was one such
Memorial to French-Anglo Soldiers.
Although only 300 French and 300 British graves
in this French-Anglo memorial,
it set the tone for our few days
on the Western Front.
I could only wonder if there were any of
the 72,000 names inscribed upon the Memorial
watching over their comrades in arms,
as I imagined they may be.
We often complain or are
frightened by a nightmare.
But many of our defence personnel
along with many civilians
have lived the nightmare
from which there was
a situation or experience that is surreal
is very strange and difficult to understand,
like something from a dream
I am choosing my visit to the
Western Front Battle Fields in 2017,
for this post.
Seeing all the cemeteries we visited
and the names of the missing in action was
a reality check, if not surreal.
I created this photo for a
‘ghost’ challenge some time ago.
Every time I look at my Western Front photos,
it brings back memories of those now
tranquil French and Belgium fields,
where death once ruled and they were
covered with bloody bodies.
…and eating again.
After expending all that energy,
it’s time for a sleep,
before starting all over again.
(Australian & New Zealand Army Corps)
During my 2017 visit
to the World War I
Western Front Battlefields,
felt that someone was watching
over us as we toured.
Not the first time I have posted this photo…
however, even though I have created the ‘extras’, in this image,
I’m sure there are spirits of the fallen, lost and missing
standing guard over these cemeteries.