a situation or experience that is surreal
is very strange and difficult to understand,
like something from a dream
I am choosing my visit to the
Western Front Battle Fields in 2017,
for this post.
Seeing all the cemeteries we visited
and the names of the missing in action was
a reality check, if not surreal.
I created this photo for a
‘ghost’ challenge some time ago.
Every time I look at my Western Front photos,
it brings back memories of those now
tranquil French and Belgium fields,
where death once ruled and they were
covered with bloody bodies.
…and eating again.
After expending all that energy,
it’s time for a sleep,
before starting all over again.
(Australian & New Zealand Army Corps)
During my 2017 visit
to the World War I
Western Front Battlefields,
felt that someone was watching
over us as we toured.
Not the first time I have posted this photo…
however, even though I have created the ‘extras’, in this image,
I’m sure there are spirits of the fallen, lost and missing
standing guard over these cemeteries.
This is at the Thiepval Memorial for the missing
on the Somme Battlefields (1914-1918).
Black and White Tuesday
ANZAC Week 2018
I just could not get over how care goes
into maintaining these cemeteries.
Headstones sitting shoulder to shoulder
indicate that all these lives were lost in one battle
and I think on the same day.
The age of most was 18-23 years.
No wonder my Grandfather was known as ‘old’
at the ripe old age of 28.
the French and British
missing on the Somme.
My first look at how much these sites mean
to people of all ages from all parts
of the world.
Children or Churches
MY Grandfather survived World War I
however, he now has his own
small memorial in France.
Lest We Forget.
Jo’s Monday Walk
Last week I left the Thiepval Memorial…
with this shot.
a view of the Anglo-French Cemetery at the Memorial.
300 French soldiers’ graves…
In that era the term ‘British Army’ covered
all member nations of the British Commonwealth.
Most of the bodies interred at Thiepval
have been reburied here
after discovery on Somme Battlefields
between December 1931 and March 1932
South Africa, as a British Empire member nation
was mentioned in several sources during
my research into this post.
High up on the walls of the memorial
these wreaths may be found.
This one refers to the Battle of Ginchy
which occurred on September 9, 1916.
Maybe this doorway lead to a stairway
to the top of the Memorial.
the Thiepval Memorial
was the first of its kind we visited.
Prior to this we had visited cemeteries
with ornate, at times, entrances,
but nothing to compare with Thiepval.
I was still coming to terms with this type
of memorial left by relatives or visitors.
From a distance I thought they were something
someone had dropped, however upon closer
inspection each and everyone contained
the name of a soldier…
and a brief message from a visiting relative…
community member or organisation.
The Thiepval Memorial stands on one of the strongest
parts of the German front line, which was attacked
by 32nd Division on 1 July 1916 and held by 99th Reserve Infantry Regiment.
Thiepval was eventually taken by 18th Division
on 26 September 1916 in a well-planned operation
commanded by Major General Ivor Maxse.
The Thiepval Memorial is approximately 150 feet high
and was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is the
largest of the Memorials built by the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Jo’s Monday Walk
The Thiepval Memorial is dedicated to the
Missing of the Somme Battles.
It is an Anglo-French Memorial
dedicated to a total between 72,000 and 73,000
The number varies as some remains are identified.
The Thiepval Memorial is an Anglo-French battle memorial
to commemorate the joint 1916 offensive.
The British flag flies on the north side of the monument
while the French flag flies on the south side.
Although I confess that the flags could be
on the opposite sides to those stated.
I have read which sides the flags fly.
Naturally cannot find my source today.
In Australia the south side of anything is nearly always shaded,
logic tells me this should be reversed for the northern hemisphere.
This was our first encounter with tributes…
the sentiments are the same.