Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

The Great War 1914-18


We’ve been away, our first trip into Europe in the campervan, it’s hard to describe it as a holiday, it was most certainly something we will not forget, more of an experience than a holiday. They say that travel broadens the mind, for us it was a question of wanting to have a better understanding.

We’ve been to Ypres (Ieper), in Belgium to visit the  World War One cemeteries in the surrounding area.

The numbers are shocking, unfathomable.

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This is Tyne Cot, the largest Commonwealth War Grave cemetery in the world, the resting place for 11,900 servicemen of the British Empire.

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The number of dead makes your head swim,


it’s the detail that  breaks your heart.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “The Great War 1914-18

  1. In France and Belgium the first world war is still visible in the war graves, and tangible because they’re still digging up human remains. We, however, were never occupied. I’m sure that’s why we aren’t trying so hard to make the European project work or to wanting to protect the peace.

  2. It seems that it is only too easy for some people to forget unfortunately.

  3. That last gravestone is unbearably poignant. We just never know — never.

  4. I’ve been twice and found it all beyond words. xx

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