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  • Day7

    Polygon Wood Cemetery, Zonnebeke

    September 2, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    We spent the day in Belgium today travelling between various cemeteries and war memorials related to my grandfather and his two brothers who fought in WWI in this area. My grandfather's brother, Charles Duncan, was in the 52nd Battalion. He was involved in the battles of Polygon Wood, Ypres and Messines. He was killed in action on the 23rd September 1917 on his 21st birthday. A bomb landed in the gun post he and four others were manning. All were buried in the trench by the bomb and his remains were later exhumed and transferred to Bedford House Cemetery, Belgium.

    So with that being the back story for today, I have split the journey into each of the places we visited in Flanders, the first being Sanctuary Wood Memorial Cemetery with a memorial to the Australian 5th Division. Of the 2,100 soldiers buried here, only about a quarter are identified. The surrounding wood was peaceful and squirrels were running between the graves. It is here Kate started her sketching activities.

    Across the road is another smaller cemetery and what is incredible about all of the cemeteries we visited is how they adjoin the farms around them. This one had a donkey and chicken run on one side, a house and corn fields surrounding the rest.
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  • Day7

    Tyne Cot Cemetery, Flanders

    September 2, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    I came to Tyne Cot Cemetery in 1991 but couldn't recall much about it other than it was really big! It has had the addition of a visitors centre since then and as you approach a sombre voice is reading out the voices inscribed on the graves and the wall of the cemetery. It is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world, for any war and is located just outside of Passchendale. With over 11,900 soldiers laid to rest, there isn't really much more than can be said about such a tragic outcome.Read more

  • Day7

    Lunch in Zonnebeke, Flanders

    September 2, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    What better way than to spend lunch with a view like this! Across from the lake is the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. Craig played a little guitar, which became rather hilarious when a guy passing buy made a show of coming over and giving him 50 cents! I need to put the boy to work obviously...

    We had a local baguette and pastries washed down with a bottle of the local Passchendaele Ale. A lovely afternoon.
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  • Day13

    Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium

    July 3, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    This was an incredibly large cemetery located just outside of Passchendale. This was stunning. There's a small museum here and the main cross in the centre is built on an old German bunker that you are still able to see.

  • Day7

    Lille part two ;)

    September 3, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    In Belgium we went to a farm where when someone got back from a holiday there farm had a trench it was just amazing what it all looked like we got to go inside the Trenches were the soldiers fought.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Zonnebeke, Зонебеке, Ζονεμπέκε, زونوبوک, Sonnebeca, Зоннебеке, Zunnebeke, 佐内贝克

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