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If I had the ability I’m sure cemeteries of

The Western Front…

would have many onlookers

such as those imposed over this shot.

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Word of the Day Challenge: Spectre

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Verdant

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Canola crops… 

all sport a verdant green undergrowth.


One of the shrubs in our garden.

On a more sombre note, on the far side of this field,

just before Pheasant Woods

was the site of mass grave in which

nearly 200 Australian soldiers were buried

after the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916. 

It was indeed difficult to believe that

these Bullecourt fields were the sight of…

some bloody battles during World War I. 

If my memory serves me well it is this field

where Australian/allied soldiers were ordered to advance

from the right, the lower ground,

to the German Army on the left, the higher ground. 

They were ordered to walk ‘bolt up right’

into the might of the German military,

and not take any precautions for their own safety. 

It was not until many waves of soldiers had been killed

that the British Officers said it would be okay for

soldiers to advance and try to protect their own lives as well. 

It still brings tears to my eyes when I look at these scenes

and think about what happened there so long ago.

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Word of the Day Challenge: Verdant

Word-of-Day-Challenge-Hero

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In June 2017, I visited France for a short tour of

the Western Front Battlefields

where my Grandfather served

during The Great War.

One of the Battles which has made headlines

in Australia over recent years is

the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916. 

After that battle 250 Australian soldiers were buried

in mass graves just this side

of the Pheasant Wood treeline.  

 

 

In 2009 these graves were discovered and

remains exhumed and re-buried in

the new Fromelles Military Cemetery.

 

However, it was not until 2016 that one of

the soldiers was identified as

being MGW’s (Maternal) Grandmother’s relatives.

According to this 2016 article there are

still 100 australian soldiers who remain

unidentified at Fromelles.


Although not related to this soldier it was an

honour and a privilege to be able to visit his grave

and bring back some images for his family. 

Every man, woman and child involved in

those years of two Wars is a hero in my opinion.

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Word of the Day Challenge: Hero

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Seeing as there is no official challenge this week,

I thought I would add to last week’s offering.

Last week I posted this photo and commentary….

Amid that crowd is a Beefeater at work

guiding tourists around the Tower of London.

and did not realise…

 

I had a better/close up photo of the man at work.

This from my 2017 trip to Arras, France.

Phil, an Aussie, operates Sacred Ground Tours

out of Arras across World War I Battlefields.  

Serre Road Cemetery No. 2 was

the first cemetery we visited. 

Phil is showing us how easy it is to find

a grave of a relative who perished in France.   

Easy if you know which cemetery to visit. 

If your relative is one of the tens of thousands

with no known grave, or an unknown soldier’s grave….

then that is a different story.

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTOS: Work

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Mostly Canadian ‘threes’ this week. I always think of the Maple Leaf asking

having three distinct sections.

Apologies to all Canadian followers

who may disagree.

This shot taken just prior to…

 three buglers playing

the Last Post at Menin Gate,

Ypres, Belgium.

Three flags at

Beaumont-Hamel War Memorial

on the Somme-Battlefields.

 

This day last year I was still on my way to France.

This caribou appears to have three main antlers

I’m not familiar with caribou and

I am really wondering if it is a caribou.

Google does not have any caribou images

which closely resemble this artistic creation.

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Pic and Word Challenge: Three

Floral Friday18-0316

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Floral Friday Challenge.

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Some more

Western Front flowers…

from Belgium’s….

Tyne Cot Military Cemetery.

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 Finally, considering this post

is being published on

Saint Patrick’s Day…

I thought some clover may be in order,

even if it’s not the four-leaf variety.

Now I just hope he brings the moisture

with him during the next few days.

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Floral Friday

Floral Friday

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