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Remembered Today:

Off to Ieper


johnreed

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Off to Ieper on 9th November for 4 days catching the 08:00hrs Norfolk Line ferry (Only £39.00 Return). If any Pal is on the same ferry come and have a chat I'll be wearing my GWF Badge and my poppy. Third time this year.

John

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Turning green with envy!

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Hmm, a drink in the RBL bar at Ypres ? <_<

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Paul

I hope to be taking part in the Poppy Parade, then the Carillion Concert and the "The Great War Remembered Concert" also the ceremony at Crest Farm on the 10th November no doubt we may bump into each other. I am staying at Essex Farm with Frans.

John

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Will be over at that time as well - may bump into each other -will be at the Menin Gate on the 10th.

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I got an invitation from the Last Post Association and am burning with the desire to go but just can't swing it. Wish I could be there with you! Cheers, Bill

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Will be on the 02:30 Sea France with Mrs. Ice Tiger & my GWF badge on the 11th.

Oh the joy of leaving the booking too late to find a hotel for the 10th!

We are staying at the Ariane then on to Arras for a couple of days on the 12th.

Squirrel, hope to see you there & catch up.

Any one fancy a beer on the 11th?

Andy

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Soren,

You might have to keep that studio presentable for a little while, over on the weekend of the 22/23rd might just pop in and say hello :D

Andy

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Andy,

the 11th is our last night at the Ariane - will be back there about 18.30 ish.

Soren,

will certainly pop in if we can.

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I had planned to Soren.

John

No problem Guys,

John- do you have my Belgian Studio mobile number? it's just that we are all over the place over this period exhibiting everywhere, might be best to call us as we always answer it! if you don't have it then PM me and I will forward it!

On the 4th we are in Ors for the Wilfred Owen events

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Tony

Will send a pm, would be good to see you again

Soren

Will try to make time & pop in (if your there)

Andy

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I'm at the Ariane from Saturday till Thursday.

Mart

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Looks as if Forum Badges will need to be worn at the Ariane then.

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I'll be around from 10th

Note on Nov 11th there is the Passchendaele Book Fair, it is on from 9.00am to 6.00pm

Passendale - OC (meeting centre) Passchendaele, Canadalaan 6.

Cheers

Ryan

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at the Ariane from Saturday till Thursday

Mart

See you there mate

Squirrel

May be easier to spot guests not wearing the badge :lol:

Andy

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Squirrel

In case you don't notice my badge, I will be wearing a poppy on my left lapel. I would carry a copy of the Peoples Friend but I find it attracts a rather undesirable type :lol:

. . . . . . I'll be wearing my GWF Badge and my poppy. Third time this year

John

I think you really should buy a new poppy

Andy

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Came back yesterday and missed everybody! Had a good trip.

Did however, have the privelage of proclaiming the first exhortation at the Menin Gate on Monday night.

An old soldier from the Burma Star Association did the Kohima exhortation. Shivers up the spine and hairs standing up on the back of the neck time.

Here is what we managed to look at and visit:

After meeting up near Dover late on Saturday afternoon and an overnight stay, we caught the ferry on Sunday morning, 9th November and set off in two groups, each with their own itinerary.

Due to the road works near Poperinghe, we did a detour around various places which one or other members of the group wanted to see before ending up at Belgian Battery Corner to pay respects to my uncle;

Ballieul Cemetery to pay respects to my friend’s uncle.

La Clytte - 2 Hampshires in one grave and the headstone says it is one or the other.

Reninghelst New Cemetery

Lijssenthoek to pay respects to the 22 men of the 18th Londons buried there and one other.

Belgian Battery Corner for my uncle and then armed with maps and diary extract located the spot near Kruistraathoek where he was killed.

Checked in to the Ariane in Ypres and then attended Evensong at St George's Church.

Monday 10th November:

China Wall Cemetery

Zillebeke Churchyard - early war aristocracy casualties

Hill 60 Bunkers, memorials and Caterpillar crater

Spoil Bank cemetery and a look at the ground where the 18th Londons carried out a trench raid in June 1917.

The ground to the south of Wyhtschaete where the 1st Lincolnshire were in action in 1917.

Miners statue in the village.

Ploegsteert memorial and cemetery extension.

Railway Crossing Cemetery near Le Touquet.

Fromelles - Pheasant Wood.

Australian memorial.

VC Corner.

Le Trou Aid Post to pay respects to another of my Uncles.

Rue Petillion – MCC casualty and a 15 year old Lincolns casualty.

Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard and Kensingtons cemetery at Laventie.

After a quick wash and change we all attended The Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.

Early on Tuesday morning we all set off for Vichte where my friend’s uncle is buried. After the church service and ceremony there was a further ceremony in the British cemetery there at 11am. After a leisurely lunch we returned to Ypres for some shopping and watched the bands march up to the Menin Gate, saw the poppies on the ramparts etc.

The rest of the evening was spent in the bar at the Ariane.

Wednesday 12th November a look at the actions of the 1st Lincolns at Bellewarde Ridge in June 1915.

Liverpool Scottish and RE's miners memorials.

Ceasar's Nose Cemetery

Dragoon Camp Cemetery

Colne Valley Cemetery – recently flooded

New Irish Farm Cemetery

Lunch in Poperinghe

Visit to Talbot house - tea!

And finally the drive to Calais for the Ferry and the drive home.

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