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Spoil Bank


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Another one of George Watsons photographs show the the remains of the Ypres Comines canal and Spoil Bank circa 1938.

Bob Grundy

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Hello Bob

Nice picture from this great little collection , anymore?

Andy

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Another nice one Bob. Re the last photo, of Lock 9......here is Lock 7 in August 1917, the hill in the background is the Spoil Bank. Just like Lock 9, today Lock 7 is covered in brambles and bushes, difficult to photograph, although the shell damage can still be identified.

Regards, Peter

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Great photo Peter, is it a IWM ?

I have a 1938 one of this lock and will post it next week together with some of Lock 8, so there is some more Andy..............

Bob Grundy

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This is Lock No 8 looking west. There are markers on the road from Ypres to St Eloi.

I find this area very interesting as it is 'just as it was' apart from the rampant growth of shrubs and trees.

Let us hope that it will remain undisturbed or undeveloped.

Bob Grundy

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Lock No 8 looking north, unless the shrubs and trees are removed very difficult to see this veiw.

Bob Grundy

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This is the last one showing Lock No 7. On high resolution courtesy of 'Ashton Pete' the cyclist, on the path Kingsway, appears to be a

policeman or postman? to the right can be made out Lankhof Farm. Photo direction NE.

Bob Grundy

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Bob, thank you for sharing these

Andy

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Very interesting photographs, Bob. Thanks for putting them up. This is a striking reminder of the damage inflicted on the infrastructure of the occupied areas. Makes it all the more ironic that until late '17 or so, German war aims included a demand for reparations from Belgium!

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This is the last of the canal ones, there are some more on other places to come, thanks for the comments.

It is much better to have these out in the open, so to speak, than in a cardboard box under the bookcase, they will

never see e-bay...............!

Bob Grundy

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Amen to that Bob. I've a special voodoo doll ready for those Ebay album splitters. Thanks for being so generous and making this such an interesting thread. Anything from The Bluff to The Caterpillar would be particularly welcome.

Hugh

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