In Flanders fields...

Had a busy last few days. Visited the site of the Christmas Truce of 1914 and Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. Today, I visited Saturday Market at Cloth Hall with John and Marianne. Cloth Hall was completely ruined during the war and has since been rebuilt and standing majestically as it did before the war. It is hard to imagine I was walking along Menin Road where hundreds of thousands of troops, including New Zealanders passed on their way to the front.

After lunch we visited the Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery Extension (Boezinge) and Irish Farm Cemetary (St Jan) to place crosses. On the way home we dropped in at Varlet Farm a Bed & Breakfast place runs by friends of John and Marianne. At the farm they have a private museum with war relics on display collected from their land. We also visited Essex Farm to see a row of bunkers where it is believed that John McCrae sat down to write the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ .

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