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stephen p nunn

Just back from Ypres

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stephen p nunn

Just got back from our latest trip to Ypres. After 15 or so years of going there, this time it was a bit different. This is how it went:

 

Friday 13/3/2020

Crossing via the Tunnel arriving in France at 9.09am (local time).

Drove to Coxyde Military Cemetery to pay our respects to "an old friend" - Cpl. Edward Tindale (at III.A.2).

Went on to Poelcapelle British Cemetery to pay our respects to Pte. James Dunlop (at LX.C.1).

Took a call from our hotel to say that all bars and restaurants would be closing at midnight until 3/4/2020!

Had beer and food at De Koornbloem, Langemark.

On to Ypres and booked in at the Ariane.

Went to the Last Post.

Then a meal at Den Anker.

 

Saturday 14/3/2020

Did Paul Reed's Ypres Town Walk.

Stocked up with supplies from a supermarket.

Told that the hotel would be closing tomorrow (Sunday).

 

Sunday 15/3/2020

Returned home (early).

 

A lovely trip as usual but cut short under difficult circumstances.

I will post some pictures.

 

Regards.

Stephen (Maldon) and Christine.

Our first stop - Coxyde.

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stephen p nunn

Cpl. Edward G. Tindale (at III.A.2).

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sassenach

You may be one of the last to attend the Last Post Ceremony for some time.

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stephen p nunn

Pte. James Dunlop in Poelcapelle British Cemetery (at LX.C.1).

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Lunch at De Koornbloem, Langemark.

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stephen p nunn

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Whilst in Ypres Cathedral, saw this very moving poem.

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stephen p nunn

On Paul Reed's Ypres Town Walk.

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Hope to return to Ypres soon under better circumstances.

Best wishes to all our friends there and to GWF pals.

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stephen p nunn
9 minutes ago, sassenach said:

You may be one of the last to attend the Last Post Ceremony for some time.

Thanks - about a tenth of the number of people who are usually there. Short (but still very special) ceremony.

Best wishes.

Stephen.

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sassenach

I was due to go over next week. I feel so sorry for the people of Ypres and their wonderful city. We can only hope for better times to come. 

Thanks for posting that poem; hadn't seen that before. 

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stephen p nunn

My pleasure friend.

S.

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Marilyne

Thanks for your visit!!

 

Must have been weird to be rushed out of the hotel so quickly…

 

M.

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ianjonesncl
On 15/03/2020 at 17:12, sassenach said:

You may be one of the last to attend the Last Post Ceremony for some time.

Made it on Sunday 16th March - about a dozen there

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ianjonesncl

Friday night was a party night as everyone was out before the midnight deadline. Old Bill pub ran out of beer 23:30.

 

Thanks to breakfast at Hotel 0, supermarket snack lunches (no panic buying in Ypres), and Pizza Roma in the evening we were able to complete our tour of the Battle Yser 1914 and Messines 1917, attending Last Post Ceremony on Sunday night. No one about so we were definitely isolated. 

 

Back on Eurostar today. 

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stephen p nunn

Thanks all - yes a very strange experience. Whilst at the Menin Gate we remembered the lads of the Essex Yeomanry. Regards. S.

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Expat yeoman

Thank you for remembering them.  A long list of names and almost every one of them were killed from the one action, Frezenberg 13th May 1915.

 

As the successor unit to the EY we were able to do the same a few years back (2005).  A poignant and memorable weekend of activities.

 

Michael

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Yorkshire Dragoon
On 16/04/2020 at 04:11, Expat yeoman said:

Thank you for remembering them.  A long list of names and almost every one of them were killed from the one action, Frezenberg 13th May 1915.

 

As the successor unit to the EY we were able to do the same a few years back (2005).  A poignant and memorable weekend of activities.

 

Michael

Essex Yeomanry Menin Gate 2005.jpg

I am just this moment writing the biography of one of the North Somerset Yeomanry lads who were killed on the same day. The regiment lost 26 Officers and men killed and many many wounded. I posted a memorial to those lost here 

And in August 2018 as part of the RBL Great Pilgrimage I layed a wreath by Panel 5 of the Menin Gate for all the lads of the NSY who died in the Great War 

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