Jo’s Monday Walk
This week a quick visit to the…
Gibraltar Bunker and
the Australian First Division Memorial.
As indicated this was a World War I bunker…
or at least the…
remains of it.
It is hard to imagine anyone wanting to go
down those stairs and into the
confined conditions of the bunker proper.
Nearby is the Australian First Division Memorial.
As usual I was bringing up the rear and missed
some of the information Phil was telling us.
In this shot it does appear that he has been on
an unsuccessful fishing trip.
Surrounding many of the Memorials we visited
was farm land which supported various crops
and all at various stage of growth.
Although this photo is not anywhere near in focus,
it was the first time we saw shrapnel
from two World Wars.
Though this appears to be gravel, there were
recognisable pieces of shells and other
metal objects easily found in these fields.
Phil handed me a lump of metal which was
probably part of a shell, with the words..
‘…here, this may have been fired
by your Grandfather…’
I was always concerned how I was
going to get this metal back home.
My concerns, however, were short lived.
Eurostar Security, at Lille, solved that problem.
That fact that I was traveling the morning of,
or after, the London Bridge attack,
may, or may not, have had
some bearing on the decision.
I usually do some Google research to help with some information
with my posts. My apologies this week, for not .
On Wednesday, after my GP used ‘aggressive’ and ‘cancer’ in one short
sentence, I had a chunk of my scalp removed.
Never knew one’s scalp moved so much every day…
especially when laughing.
Cannot wait to have the dressing removed.
When visiting the Specialist he also tapped the back of my head
and I have another appointment in mid December for an encore.
Jo’s Monday Walk
Australian Windmill Site
Bapaume Rd, near Pozières, France
The Tank Corps Memorial
Australian Windmill Memorial Site
Last week I finished up with a glance
across the road from the Tank Memorial
to the Australian Windmill Memorial.
At this site, in seven weeks of fighting
there were 23,000 Australian casualties
of which nearly 7,000 died.
On this bench seat Charles Bean, who recommended
the Australian War Memorial acquire the site,
states that the Windmill Site
marks a ridge more densely sown
with Australian sacrifice than
any other place on earth.
Today it is just a small ridge where a windmill once stood.
in the middle of farming land.
However it will, is, being developed as a memorial site.
The Windmill Memorial is also…
within site of Pozières, to the left and
Courcelette to the right.
I make mention of these two towns as they are
linked to my Grandfather’s World War I exploits.
As mentioned earlier this site is still being developed.
Just below the horizon you can just make out
a series of crosses in the ground.
These crosses roughly point towards the
Courcelette British Cemetery
A little more obvious in this picture these crosses
are laid out in the shape of the Rising Sun.
The Courcelette Cemetery is also slightly
more discernible in this shot.
Find the long row of trees near the right horizon,
then just below, in front of the left end of this row
are a few more trees, which , I believe, is
the Courcelette British Cemetery
That is the Australian Rising sun
depicted in relief here…
an again on this water tower.
The Rising Sun badge is used to hold up
the side of the slouch hats which all
Australians Soldiers wear.
Will fix links in the morning Jo