In 2009 forty villagers travelled to Belgium to honour the memory of some of the villagers who died in the First World War. 


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Essex Farm cemetery where John McCrae wrote the poem ‘In Flanders Field’ which inextricably linked the poppy to the battlefields and remembrance and where Edwin Daniels is buried. Edwin, one of four brothers from Alkham, was killed by a shell on 8th June 1916. 

Charles W King

 People gathering in the Essex Farm cemetery

 James Tapsell laying a poppy spray at

the tombstone of Edwin Daniels

Grave of Edwin Daniels

  German cemetery at Langermarck

                Sanctuary Wood

Statues of German


The graves

The German cemetery was stark in comparison with the beautifully maintained commonwealth cemeteries

Part of the existing trenches.

This is a commercial site and the museum can only be described as unusual


Tyne Cot is the biggest Commonwealth military cemetery in the world where there are graves and names of 35000 ‘missing’  soldiers.

The Canadian Memorial stands in Saint Julien Wood near Langemarck

The photo on the left was taken in 2009. The one on the right was taken in 1934 by the mother of one of the 2009 group who was on a cycling holiday.


      Some of the grave-stones at Tyne Cot.


Menin Gate, which is an enormous arched entrance to Ypres where the Last Post is sounded every evening at 8.00pm. Soldiers marched through the gate on the way to the front and the names of 54,896 Commonwealth soldiers who died without graves are inscribed on it.

       The Menin Gate     James Tapsell, Grace   Waiting to lay the

                                       Stacey and the Last            wreath

                                             Post buglers


Laying the wreath


    The Picnic