FOWChallenge-Article

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article

a piece of writing included with others
in a newspaper, magazine,
or other publication.
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Nearly 5 years ago this article

appeared in the Geelong Advertiser.

Justin Breguet (19) was related to MGW’s

Maternal Grandmother who was also a Breguet.

Justin’s remains are now buried in the

Fromelles Military Cemetery

along with my other soldiers who

were also buried in the

Fromelles Mass Graves

at Pheasant Wood.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:…Article

Lens-ArtistPC-131-Emotions

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Happy

Laughing at a quip.

I always thought these windows

lent a sad demeanour to this old house.

Perhaps they knew the fate of the house.

It no  longer exists.

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Finally, I have no known relatives who

perished on World War I Battlefields,

however, on more than one occasion

I found myself taking deep breaths

to suppress tears as I contemplated

the loss of life two World Wars

have inflicted on our planet.

I created this image of the

Thiepval Military Cemetery

for another challenge.

I often wonder if there are

unseen guardians at each cemetery.

 

 

The wall at the back of Belgium’s

Tyne-Cot Cemetery,

contains the names of 35,000 soldiers

who have no known grave.

This is the overflow from

Menin Gate at Ypres,

where another 54,000 names

are inscribed

Nearly a decade ago Fromelles’ mass graves

were discovered. 

From these six graves

250 Australian and British Soldiers…

 

…were exhumed and re-interred in the

Fromelles Military Cemetery.

One of MGW’s relatives is among

those resting peacefully at Fromelles.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:...Emotions

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:...Emotions

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:…Emotions

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:…Emotions

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Emotional

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emotional

relating to a person’s emotions.

 

Although my only connection to

this cemetery is via MGW’s cousin…

Fromelles Military Cemetery

…it did not matter if it was Fromelles Cemetery

or any other Western Front War Cemetery,

it was impossible not to become

a little emotional when thinking of all

the dead, missing, injured and the age

of those lying in these graves.

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Word of the Day Challenge:  Emotional

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Inspired-January19-Corner

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This is not the type of corner I was thinking of

when I began my search for ‘corner’ photos.

However, VC Corner, near Fromelles in France…


…was the site of some terrible fighting.

No VCs, (Victoria Crosses…our

highest bravery award at the time)

were awarded during that battle.

V.C. Corner Cemetery contains the graves of 410 Australian soldiers

who died and whose bodies were found on the battlefield.

However, not a single body could be identified.

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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

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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Hope you enjoyed. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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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