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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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Floral Friday Challenge.

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Some more

Western Front flowers

from Belgium….

Water Lillie at

Passchendaele Memorial Park,

Belgium.

 

Roses at Tyne Cot…

Military Cemetery,

Belgium.

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Floral Friday

Floral Friday

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Jo’s Monday Walk

Week-48

Prowse-Point
Belgium

Last week I should you some photos of the

1914 Christmas Truce Memorial.

This memorial is located next door to…

Prowse Point Cemetery.

Prowse Point is the resting place of

233 Great War Soldiers

from a variuos countries.

United Kingdom: 165

New Zealand: 42

Australia: 13

Germany: 12

Canada: 1

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Again, a well maintained setting for…

the final resting place of these brave men/boys.

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Jo’s Monday Walk

Week-47

Christmas-Truce
Belgium

Another short drive through the Belgian countryside…

brought us to another…

memorial of the Great War.

This was a memorial to the well known

Christmas Truce of 1914.

Again another patch of ground in rural Belgium

where a significant event of World War I took place.

This monument was created in 2014 by the

Union of European Football Associations…

 

as testament…

the Small Peace…

in the…

 

Great War.

 

The thing which fascinated me was the fact that

it appears travellers have  left soccer balls/footballs…

 

as their memorial to this particular event…

and they remain….untouched.

 With the advent of the memorial….

 

 some of the trenches…

 

were also re-constructed.

 

The memorial, itself, represents the back end

of a canon shell upon which is mounted a football.

As mentioned earlier, these footballs, I think,

have been left by tourists/travellers, in memory

of the event or loved ones.

While I did not touch a ball,

they appeared not to be fixed and part of the memorial.

Instead like many other memorials they appeared

to be simply left for all to see.

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Jo’s Monday Walk

Week-46

Courcelette, Warlencourt-Eaucourt
France

Probably the driving force behind my trip to France

and the Western Front Battlefields of World War I

was to visit the village of Courcelette, however briefly.

It was near Courcelette that my Grandfather’s

superior officer had mentioned Bill’s bravery,

under fire, in his diary.

 

This diary extract,  is one the only things I have

of my Grandfathers possessions.

And then it is probably a copy of a copy.

Even though I had found Courcelette on Google…

I was still surprised at it’s size.

With a population of 142 in the 2007 census,

Courcelette was about the same size as my home town. 

However, narrow roads and shoulder to shoulder

housing made it seem much smaller. 

Courcelette appears to be suffering the same fate

as many rural towns in Australia. 

In 1968 its population was 180;

1982…150;

1999…133 and in

2007…142 in

  Clicking anywhere on this link will take you

to the source of this information.

Therefore our visit was a drive through and…

 

we were soon on the other side of town…

 

heading for the Courcelette British Cemetery.

This must have been another drive by or mini-stop.

I am not sure if this is Courcelette as we returned

or another town altogether.

It did not take long before we were in the midst

of more farm land…

heading for Warlencourt-Eaucourt.

This memorial appears to recognise children

who died in France during World War I.

And I have only just noticed a crucified Jesus…

behind and below the French flag.

However, just out of town was our first stop

at a munitions dump.

According to Guide Phil, quality control was reduced

on the manufacture of munitions during WW I.

As a result of lowering standards one in three bombs

did not explode.

 All very interesting until Phil happened to mention

that if these old bombs decided to explode there

was enough explosive to kill all us.

I took a step or two back after that comment!!

Apparently farmers are still digging up these

old munitions and dropping them at

collection points like this one,

all over France.

Once a month authorities come and clear these sites.

This was about two weeks worth of collected ammunition.

And yes, sometimes the bombs explode.

Just ask the farmer whose plough hit  one.

The explosion went side ways and fortunately

did not kill the farmer.

The plough…well, that’s another story.

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Jo’s Monday Walk

Week-45

Polygon Wood Cemetery-2
Belgium

Click here for part 1

This week we visit the…

 Australian 5th Division Memorial

and Cemetery at Polygon Woods.

Part 1 showed the Memorial Plaque,

in close up on the obelisk….

which is upon the Butte and

overlooking the Cemetery.

Throughout this journey it was small things

like the cross, bottom left hand….

 and its message which made me realise

how much people half a world away

appreciate the sacrifices Down Under

made for  their country.

 

As with every Cemetery we visited

there was always a great proportion

of headstones for unknown soldiers.

As we were leaving…

 

 I thought the surrounding woods…

 were worthy of a few photos.

All cemeteries had a beautiful serenity

about them which I thought hammered home

the total and utter waste of life because

people cannot get along with each other.

 One final look at he obelisk and

we were on our way again.

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Jo’s Monday Walk

Week-44

Polygon Wood Cemetery
Belgium

This week we visit the…

 Australian 5th Division Memorial and Cemetery

at Polygon Woods.

If you have good eyesight you may just make out

the obelisk which is

the 5th Division Memorial

overlooking the cemetery.

 What was more difficult to see was

this flight of steps up to the Butte

where the obelisk is located.

 The next few photos are of…

 the cemetery below.

The Australian Fifth Division Memorial.

The Australian Rising Sun.

 

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The balance of these photos will be posted early next week.

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