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.
In June 2017, I visited France for a short tour of
the Western Front Battlefields
where my Grandfather served
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.
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.
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,
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.
Floral Friday Challenge.
Tyne Cot Military Cemetery.
Finally, considering this post
is being published on
Saint Patrick’s Day…
even if it’s not the four-leaf variety.
Now I just hope he brings the moisture
with him during the next few days.