Notre Dame de Lorette

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On our last morning in France we stopped at the French National Memorial at Notre Dame de Lorette – nothing prepares one for this and photographs from the ground simply can’t capture the size of this cemetery where 20,000 soldiers … Continued

Beaumont-Hamel & Thiepval

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I had visited several cemeteries and battle grounds and reflected on what I had seen. It was disturbing and unsettling, but nothing quite prepared me for the atmosphere of Beaumont-Hamel, where I shivered and felt heavy as I walked into … Continued

WWI around Arras

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We stayed in Arras for two nights, visiting cemeteries and countryside around the city. The aim was not to follow the historical path of the war, or specific battles, but to photograph for an illustrated talk and to ‘react’ to … Continued

WWI Cemeteries on the Somme

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We planned a few days in Northern France to do some research on WWI battlefields and started at the end of the war, the Armistice. The Armistice was finally signed in Compiègne on 11 November 1918, and brought to an … Continued

Sannas Pos

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At Sannas Pos, on 31 March 1900, Boers led by General Christiaan de Wet defeated British soldiers under Brigadier General Broadwood.  It was a significant skirmish for two reasons: the Post controlled the water supply to Bloemfontein via the Modder River, andIt was … Continued

Van Reenen Cemetery, Golden Gate National Park

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Alongside the road is the graveyard of the Van Reenen Family. J N R Van Reenen was a farmer who trekked into the area in 1875 to settle on his new farm, Vuurland, and as the fading light coloured the cliffs he apparently called … Continued

Marigny WWII Cemetery

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This was our last day in France and I wanted to visit the D-Day Beaches in Normandy and pay my respects at a cemetery of each of the combatants. We started at Marigny – quiet and peaceful in the sunny … Continued

Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, Day 8 completed (no.76)

The Manor of Finsbury (or Fensbury) was established in 1104 and granted to the City of London in 1315. The land stretched northwards from the City walls, an area of moors and bogs, but by 1607 Richard Johnson described it … Continued

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