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Three on French Leave


Steven Broomfield
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As many of you know, Tom, The Padre and I have recently been allowed out for a jaunt round France and Flanders.

The next few posts contain 30 photos which might interest, amaze, shock and awe you....

First one, a private French memorial in Bethune Town Cemetery:

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A private memorial in Bethune:

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And also at Bethune, from an Indian Army officer burial:

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A sit-down

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La Bombe

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And just along the road:

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(Please note: all hosted on photobucket, so no bandwidth issues, I trust!)

Quarry Cemetery

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And the Double Crassier from Quarry Cemy

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And then Dud Corner (top of picture) from the Double Crassier

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Old trench lines:

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The Padre, Tom, the estimable Gilles, and your correspondent - wind-swept is so 1990's....

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The Padre preparatory to an attempt on the next slope...

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Notre Dame de Lorette (the bits that aren't falling down <_< )

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Cabaret Rouge Cemetery

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Odd this - Cabaret Rouge, but an RFC officer with an RFC o.r. badge.

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One for Coldstreamer? Brothers, killed 25/1/15French18.jpg

Givenchy

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German Cemetery...hope Tom or Keith can remember where (there was a house on fire in the village!)

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The meat of the trip - a visit to Neuve Chapelle. The Layes Brook

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From the Layes Brook to the village - the German view

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From the bridge on the Layes Brook - German m.g. strongpoint...wonderful field of fire

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From the Moated Grange

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Another German Cemetery

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Then to Belgium...Vancouver Cemetery...well-earned rest

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Rifle House (I think)

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Vancouver Cemy had been visited by an Australian school party - each grave had an Aussie Flag, a poppy, and (in many cases) a short biographical piece on the soldier interred, by a student. Very moving on a sultry, damp afternoon

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The Cross at Dud Corner

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French graves at Hazebrouck. In awful condition, in contrast to the CWGC ones alongside.

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And, last but not least...the one you've been waiting for...the knees

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COVERED UP! :lol:

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I think it grossly unfair that everybody had a box to stand on except Mr Rutherford.

(Or did you make him stand in a shell hole?)

Brilliant pictures, by the way.

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Super stuff, Broomers.

Bernard

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Poor wee mytherin cullottes!

You notice that Toms the only one that didn't feel the need for winter attire on the wind swept Loos slagheap?

Gan on yersell,me big man!

Proud of ya,so I am!

Excellent pics,Steve.

Really well done.

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There's another 100 or so. I'll try and post some more over the weekend.

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Superb pics Steve! Some of them reminded me of 'We're No Angels' - though I'm not saying who is Aldo Ray, Peter Ustinov or Humphrey Bogart! ;) The resemblence to escapees from Devil's Island is, er, inescapable though.

I hope you do put up more - the distance landscape shots are excellently clear.

Regards,

George

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The Follows brothers joined on the same day in 1914 and served 1st Btn

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Having finally managed to work out to post pictures using Flickr thanks to the help of George Armstrong Custer I shall post a few more of this historic trip

First Tom with the largest wheeled suitcase in the world

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And some more of those very sad French graves at Hazebrouck.

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The very first member of the 13th KRRC to be killed on service in WW1 Rfn J Crooks - Rifle House Cemetery, Ploegstreet.

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Restored moat? at the moated Grange

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Steve and Tom explore Layes Brook

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Village in the background

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Barn at our B&B the sign reads REFUGE DE CHEVAUX PENDANT LA GRANDE GUERRE (Stables used in the Great War)

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