Wordless Wednesday18_0418

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As we approach ANZAC Day I thought of some

of the memorials and cemeteries visited last year. 

Toronto Avenue Cemetery.

Prowse Point Cemetery, Belgium

A cemetery dedicated to the soldiers

of the German Army, near Bullecourt.

An American Cemetery…

also in the Bullecourt region.

 

 

 Polygon Woods Cemetery.

Merricourt Cemetery.

 

 

 Fromelles Military  Cemetery.

Polygon Woods Cemetery.

Australian Memorial Villers Bretonneux.

Lest We Forget.

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THURSDAY’S SPECIAL-Way

 

 

Way

While searching for this week’s post…

I found this sight-seeing bus…a way

for visitors to see Melbourne.

York’s signpost pointed the way to

various point in the city…

as did these signs on a

Freeway/Autobahn in Germany.

While visiting Fromelles we had to walk down this path…

to see the site of the Fromelles mass graves

which were recently exhumed and created

the Fromelles Military Cemetery.

 

Finally, this is the way to the

Toronto Avenue Military Cemetery

in Belgium.

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Thursday’s Special: Way

Cee-BW-Challenge-Corners

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First up we have two…

corner units for a bedroom or else where.

These pylons in Venice’s Grand Canal

are effectively street corners as

they mark the corners/intersection of waterways

in the same fashion as a street corner does.

Finally, VC Corner near Fromelles, in France.

Not sure why it was named VC  Corner.

No VCs (Victoria Crosses…the highest award for bravery

in the British/Australian Army)

as no VCs were awarded.

However I read that fighting was so fierce

that all soldiers fighting here should have been

awarded a Victoria Cross.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Corners

Black-&-White-Banner

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Weekly Photo Challenge-2017-Favourites

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

2017 Favourites

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Hard to believe 2017 is almost over.

Some of my favourites photos from this year are random.

The exception being my visit to the

Western Front in France and Belgium mid-year.

Early morning at Corio Bay

I like the silhouette of the lone fisherman.

Maybe better if there had been no horizon…only water.

 

Reflections of a still, foggy morning.

One of my favourite photography spots.

 With Autumn came a surprise as MGW

had booked us a Hot Air Balloon flight…

 over Melbourne to celebrate

our 30th wedding anniversary.


An early morning sunrise shoot at

Point Lonsdale Lighthouse provided another surprise.

Two minutes of this rainbow after an

otherwise uneventful shoot.

I love this photo taken at Torquay in March.

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Now the most moving photos of 2017.

These all come from France and Belgium

where my Grandfather served during World War I.

I only pray the world never sees anything like this again

Whether it was Fromelles Military Cemetery

and its cohort of Australian Soldiers

only recently discovered in mass graves,

or Tyne Cot Cemetery and its wall of 34,0000 names

of soldiers Missing in Action,

or the Menin Gate Last Post,

or the Polygon Woods Cemetery.

Many of the  photos can still bring a tear to my eye

mainly due to the suffering on both sides of the conflict

and the age of those interred at these cemeteries.

My Grandfather was described, by his superior officer,

as ‘old’ in a diary extract.

He was 28 at War’s end.

The same age as our eldest.

And we think he is still baby number 1.

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Cee-BW-Challenge-Fences-Gates

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 I discovered that I had… more photos…

of cemetery fences…

than any other fence.

I also thought them…

a bit more interesting….

than other types of fence.

 

Gates were going to be a problem until I expanded

my thinking from farm gates to other gates.

Above is one of the gateways into York City….I hope.

 

 The gateway to Fromelles Military Cemetery.

I am not sure if other parts of the world know

about Fromelles Military Cemetery.

It contains the remains of over

258 British and Australian WW I soldiers

who were found in mass graves on the edge

of Pheasant Wood, just outside Fromelles.

The cemetery was established on 2010.

MGW  has a relative buried there.

Menin Gate entrance to Ypres,

in Belgium.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Fences-Gates

Black-&-White-Banner

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Travel Theme-Warm

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My

Warm

Travel Theme.

In early June I set off on my tour of

Western Front WW I battlefields. 

MGW was not interested,

hence it was a solo trip.

MGW was not all that happy to see my Facebook

posts with me in shorts and shirts sleeves

at her relative’s Fromelles grave.

The weather had turned cold Down Under.

The sun shone on the road to

Vlaanderen, in Belgium

 and continued to do so at

Hill 60…

the site of the Christmas Truce

at Prowse Point.

All in all one could not ask for

better weather while travelling.

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Where’s My Backpack: Warm

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Weekly Photo Challenge-Corner

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

VC Corner

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I was under the impression

VC Corner was so named… 

 because there were a large number of

Victoria Crosses awarded in that small area

of the Battle of Fromelles.

However, this morning’s research shows

that it was a nickname given by soldiers

and probably indicates the level of bravery

required when fighting there.

 There is 410 unknown soldiers buried in

individual unmarked graves under the

two in-ground crosses.

Including the 410 soldiers buried at this site,

there is another 700-900 names on the wall

of missing soldiers, taking the number

of soldiers memorialised at this site to

between 1121 and 1296,

depending on your source.

VC Corner was located at the cross roads of
the D171 road and Rue Delvas in the village of Petillon.
Source: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C117755

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