When you have Grimbergen over there spare him a thought. I will visit later this year.
As Blackadder so succinctly put it....all to move Field Marshal Haigs liquor cabinet 1 inch closer to Berlin.
: My maternal grandfather was at the third
: battle of Ypres/Passchendaele with the
: King's Liverpool Regiment as well (I was the
: baby of a pretty old family - he died
: several years before I was born).
: I am heading over to Ypres for the
: Paschendaele centenary on 31 July.
: My granddad was fortunate enough to survive.
: As with many veterans of the Great War, he
: apparently barely spoke of his experiences
: However, we do know that he rescued an
: officer, Major Jack Brunel-Cohen, from No
: Man's Land on the first day of the battle
: (31 July). Brunel-Cohen, who had to have
: his legs amputated, was one of the founding
: members of the British Legion (there is a
: picture of him in the exhibition on the
: King's Regiment in the Museum of Liverpool).
: He kept in touch with my Granddad after the
: war and left money to him in his will when
: he eventually died in the 60s.
: My wife's great grandfather was there too
: with an New Zealand regiment and so she is
: coming along as well. Way more ANZACs died
: at Paschendaele than at Galipoli.
: Unfortunately, all of my Mum's generation of
: the family have now passed away but it will
: be a very poignant moment for me to go along
: and pay my respects on behalf of my family.
: I'm sure that today will have been even more
: moving for you.