The First World War

Remembering the Fallen of Gislingham

It was supposed to be the War to end all wars. “It’ll be over by Christmas” was the optimistic view at the outbreak of hostilities in the late-summer of 1914. Yet it took another four years and over 2.3million British dead and wounded until the fighting finally stopped. The human cost is unimaginable; not just

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1. Flanders 2005

In April 2005, a coach trip went from Gislingham to visit the fields of Ypres (Ieper) where several of the village’s residents are commemorated.

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2. The Last Post at Menin Gate

Saturday was a free day to enjoy Ieper with, amongst other things, its Cloth Hall Museum, its wonderful market and ramparts walk. It is not advisable to try to speak Flemish so why not practice your French whilst here – you will find the locals will answer you in perfect English! Ieper is a tourist

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3. Gazing into the Pool of Peace

On Sunday we took off on our tour – just time to visit some of the well-known parts of the battlefields.

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4. The German Cemetery

The only major German cemetery on the Salient, it contains no less than 44,292 burials in mass graves. One alone contains some 25,000 souls. So dark and so dull, with black headstones unlike the white of the Allies.

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5. Some Final Thoughts

Most spent our last evening quietly reflecting on the last three days. Some had even found loved ones they never knew were here. On Monday, which proved to be the poorest day weather-wise, we set off for and spent a few hours in the beautiful city of Brugge before heading home via the Tunnel.  I

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