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Archive for September, 2008

Friday 3rd October


This coming Friday I will be travelling to the Ypres area to start the first of my visits.I have went throught the before-mentioned book and have annotated the names of those who fell up to the 15th of May on the relevant cemetery or memorial.I intend to travel to those which around 10 kms from the town of Ypres itself.I will take pictures which I will post on this site which I hope may be of use to people.

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At the moment I am going through the book page by page and soldier by soldier. I am noting the soldier’s name, Regiment and where he was buried or is commerated then entering this into the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. I then print off the location and information of the cemetery or memorial.This is proving very interesting both in re-reading the book as I go and also reading the history and design of the cemeteries etc.

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About My Blog


Welcome to my blog, apologies if it appears a bit rough round the edges but it’s the first time I’ve attempted something like this.

Let me explain the reasons behind this blog and what I hope to achieve. I have read the book “At The Going Down Of The Sun (365 Soldiers From The Great War) by Ian Connery, Sir Martin Gilbert, Peter Hart, Lyn MacDonald and Nigel Steel. This, as the title suggest, chronicles the lives and deaths of a broad section of British and Commonwealth soldiers from the 1914-1918 Great War who perished in the Ypres Salient.

To me this book more than any other makes the soldiers and their stories more personal and real. There are small snippets of information which otherwise might be considered too trivial and even moments of black humour. Another point which makes this book different is that many of the soldiers mentioned have no known grave and are listed on the many memorials in the Ypres area.

I hope on the way to  meet people who share a common interest in this subject, perhaps are related to the soldiers and maybe through this blog provide information and photographs for those who are unable to travel to Ypres and the surrounding area itself.

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