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Brugges and Ypres 2010

Welcome to the Chinnor & District Branch of The Royal British Legion

In September 2010 members of the Branch visited Brugges and the Battle Fields of Passchendaele, and the Ypres Salient.

These photographs give a taste of the places we saw.

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Legion members Lynn Lloyd, Sheila Smith, Jean Woods and Fiona Rogers prepare to tour Brugges in style!

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Tyne Cott Cemetary, Passchendaele.

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Many of the stones of Tyne Cott are for men who's last resting place has been marked simply with the words 'A Soldier of the Great War Known Only Unto God'.
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The view today towards Ypres from the German Front Line.

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Tyne Cott is one of the largest First World War Cemetries

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Canadian trenches at Hill 67, Ypres. This Front Line moved no more than 450 yards during the entire war.

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The trench today, seen during a dry period. Suddenly walking down to the Co-Op on a wet and windy day in November doesn't seem so bad.

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Inside the British Church of Saint George,Ypres. Here, on Armistice Day every year, the British Ambassador to Belgium and the Belgian Prime Minister attend the Remembrance Day Service.

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The Menin Gate, Ypres. Every day of the year, at 8:00PM, the traffic is stopped and Buglers from the Ypres Fire Brigade sound the Last Post. The only break in this tradition, since it started on completion of the Menin Gate in July 1928, was during the German Occupation during World War 2, and during that period, the Belgians continued the Ceremony at Brookwood Military Cemetary in Surrey.

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Some of the names of servicemen who's bodies were never recovered that are remembered on the Menin Gate.

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One of the places Wreaths are placed on the Menin Gate, not just on Remembrance Sunday, but by visitors every day of the year.

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Lynn Lloyd, Branch Poppy Co-ordinator, places a Cross, remembering.

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More names on the inside of the Menin Gate. 

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