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So, one year since we were over the Channel. I can't quite believe how time has flown, how much has happened in the last year. I imagine that catching up with everyone would take more than two days, forget any visit to Westminster Abbey or anything? But s
This is the grave of a member of the British West Indian Regiment. This is a very rare fine, very few graves, with very few combatants - only 12 battalions. I have uploaded it to show the very international nature of the war.
German cemeteries greatly contrast to British ones, and they are both very different to French cemeteries. British graves, as you can see in some of my other blogs are white blocks, and there is very little difference between them, apart from the names, r
German cemeteries greatly contrast to British ones, and they are both very different to French cemeteries. British graves, as you can see in some of my other blogs are white blocks, and there is very little difference between them, apart from the names, r
A follow up to my earlier video of the Last Post, this one is of Grace, Padraig, Emily and David laying a wreath.
Private George Ellison was the last British casualty of the Great War. The following is an excerpt from a Sunday Express article that can be found at http://www.express.co.uk/printer/view/70134/ “The cold was raw that last morning when the guns f
Lieutenant Maurice James Dease was the first Victoria Cross recipient of the Great War. The following is an excerpt from his Wikipedia page that can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Dease “Dease was educated at Stonyhurst College
Private John Parr was the first British casualty of the Great War. The following is an excerpt from his Wikipedia page that can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Parr_(soldier) “Born in 1898 in Church End Finchley, Parr lived most
Every night, at 8 o'clock the Belgian town of Ypres remembers those who served in the Great War with a ceremony at the Menin Gate. Before the trip, I'd been to the ceremony three times, laying a wreath once, but the ceremony on Remembrance Sunday this ye
I also did a couple of live phone interviews for a local radio station on Tuesday 11th November, 2008, from France and Belgium. The first was for the Phil Upton at Breakfast show and the second for the Ed Doolan show at lunchtime. The listen again links h
As part of their special Remembrance themed programme this Tuesday, the 11th, my local ITV region, Central, included a special report on me! This entailed reporter Becky Johnson visiting me at my house for a preparatory interview before the trip then comi
Thanks need to go to: The guys from TPYF and Radiowaves would made this trip possible, All those who commented on my page... (thanks mum!) And the all the other kids who went.   It was a great time and we've all got memories that we'll treasur
Hooge Crater with trenches in foreground. The crater was created when British troops detonated a mine to try and slow a German advance, in this object it failed as the Germans still gained ground. Now, it is in the grounds of a hotel, filled with water an
Robert being interviewed by Becky for ITV Central
Looking down Tyne Cot cemetery. Tyne Cot is the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries in the world with 11,954 graves and 34,959 names of men with no known grave on the memorial wall. The Cross of Sacrifice is built on top of a German bunk
Tyne Cot from afar
Canadian memorial in Passchendaele village
The landscape in front of the Vimy Ridge memorial by Vicky
Back of Canadian memorial at Vimy Ridge
'I adore war, it's like a big picnic' Julian Grenvill, a Captain in the Royal Dragoons, wrote this in a letter in October 1914. In May 1915 he died of shrapnel wounds in hospital in Boulogne. This is typical of attitudes to war from the start. It w
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Judith King says...
Nice pictures, good video, weather looks OK so far.
09 November 08