Travel-Theme-Hidden

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Many, or most, of the

World War I cemeteries I visited

were either alongside a road 

or easily accessible in a paddock.

Toronto Avenue broke these ‘rules’.

 

After turning at the sign we had a fairly long drive…

 

 

…on a narrow, well maintained road before reaching…

the cemetery proper.

All of which is hidden in Belgium’s,

Ploegsteert Wood

So quiet and peaceful.

Toronto Avenue Cemetery was named from

a Communication Trench in Ploegsteert Wood,

in which it is located.

The cemetery contains the graves

of 78 officers and men of

the 9th Brigade (3rd Australian Division)

who died in the Battle of Messines

between 7 and 10 June 1917.

The cemetery contains 78 First World War burials,

two of them unidentified.

(Source: https://www.ww1cemeteries.com/toronto-avenue-cemetery.html)

 

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Where’s My Backpack: Hidden

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Tuesday-PC-Wk196-Trees

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I guess bicycles do…

Eucalyptus Forest, near the township

of Forrest in the nearby

Otway Ranges.

 

 

 

 

An avenue of trees in Belgium in the vicinity

of Toronto Avenue Cemetery..

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Lens-Artist-PC-50-Trees

 

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This week goes from a bright to a somber mood.

One foggy morning, three years ago

I drove over to the

Otway Rainforest

It’s a beautiful drive as long as there is little traffic.

 

On a nice day being surrounded by the eucalypts of

the Otway Forest is just one of the best feelings.

Also three years ago I visited…

the Toronto Avenue Cemetery

in Belgium

which was…

…accessed is via this tree lined road.

Toronto Avenue is only a small cemetery and is the

only all Australian cemetery in Belgium,

and one of only two on the entire Western Front.

Buried in Toronto Avenue Cemetery

are 78 World War I soldiers,

two of which are unidentified.

The headstones in this and all cemeteries we visited,

which are shoulder to shoulder,

indicate that all those resting there

were killed on the same day.

There was something about

the Toronto Avenue Cemetery.

To say it had a profound effect on me,

would be a slight exaggeration,

however, there was a different

feeling about Toronto Avenue.

I don’t know why.

It may have been the tranquility, seclusion,

surroundings or something different altogether.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Trees

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Trees

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Favourite-Things

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Trees

 

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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