Thirty-Odd Feet Below Belgium:




 
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December 26th, 2011  
Trooper1854
 
 

Topic: Thirty-Odd Feet Below Belgium:


Got this for Christmas, and have read virtually non-stop.
Its the story of Geoffrey Boothby , an officer in the Royal Engineers who served in a Tunnelling Company in the Ypres salient.
His story is told mainly by the letters he sent, and received from his Fiance.
Geoffrey died when the tunnell he was in was collapsed by a German explosion.
I have visited the location of the tunnell when I visited Ypres and the memorial at the site is quite a moving one.


Well worth a read.

ISBN: 1-898594-80-5
December 26th, 2011  
VDKMS
 
Up until today they play the Last Post every evening at the Menenpoort.

Did you visit the "In Flanders Fields Museum" in Ieper?

PS - this museum is closed from 14 nov 2011 to 9 june 2012 for replanning.
December 26th, 2011  
Trooper1854
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by VDKMS
Up until today they play the Last Post every evening at the Menenpoort.

Did you visit the "In Flanders Fields Museum" in Ieper?

PS - this museum is closed from 14 nov 2011 to 9 june 2012 for replanning.
I have been to Ypres/Leper a number of times and seen the Last Post Ceremony at the Menim Gate a few times.It has to be the best Last Post I've ever heard.
I've even had the honour of taking part in the ceremony and laying a wreath during the ceremony.
The In Flanders Fields Museum is a fantastic museum, one of many in the area.
Some of the private ones are pretty awesome too. The one at the Hill 60 Cafe has an incredible amount of artefacts in the smallest space possible.
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December 27th, 2011  
BritinAfrica
 
 
I wish I had visited the WW1 battlefields, as my grandfather was in the area of Hill 60 serving in the Middlesex Regiment, (although I have no idea what Battallion). He was there when Hill 60 blew up.

What those men went through, was horrific, my granddad was shot three times, gassed and frostbitten. They made them tough in those days.
 


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