I found this yesterday as I was researching Passchendaele (or the Third Battle of Ypres) for my novel, and found it brilliant and incredibly moving. I hope you will too!

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  • It is very personal and meaningful because those were the grounds that grandfather fought over and they were the Canadian brothers left behind. But how shocking that the buildings were still razed to the ground a decade later.

    I am very glad the Imperial War Graves Commission sent architects, masons and gardeners to Ypres and other war theatres, to build important monuments and to look after the graves. Thanks for the link

    Hels
    http://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com.au/2011/06/st-georges-memorial-church-and-school.html

  • Very moving. All those graves and the grass and flowers growing on the battleground… Poignant, sad and somehow hopeful.

  • Toby

    Lovely and sad. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Robin Woods

    For those of us who had grandfathers who fought there, it was enlightening to see this area I had heard so much about and see how the cemeteries were cared for so far from home. Thank you for sharing

  • I visited those sites two summers ago and wept at what happened even though today the fields look so gentle. I’m working on my third novel about WWI. Such a sad, compelling time.

    • @Mary: that is what’s so eerie about the former battlefields–it is very much a testament to our own human mortality: the earth moves on even though we don’t.