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    If anyones interested here are a selection of some of the pics I took on a recent trip to Belgium to visit my Great Great Grandfathers grave, there are some pics from Vimy Ridge in france too
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/3172037...7608388653441/
    there are only 60 odd in this one, I took over 400 pics very emotive and interesting place

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    Very nice photos.Must be a sad place to visit

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    Nice photo,s.Quite a poignant trip to see your great great grandfather,s grave. I would imagine it is a sombre place to visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fenderguitar View Post
    Very nice photos.Must be a sad place to visit
    cheers mate it is sad the total waste of life. We visited a tower dedicated to all the Irish fallen that was a sight

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed taylor View Post
    Nice photo,s.Quite a poignant trip to see your great great grandfather,s grave. I would imagine it is a sombre place to visit.
    yeah it was, Myself and my Dad are the only members of our family ever to see it, quite sad really, but I will be taking my son next year and hopefully going to organise a trip in 2019 to mark the 100th anniversary, and for those that have done the math my Great Great Grandfather died a year after the war had ended, he was helping to bury the dead and he and 6 other of his pals we killed by an unexploded shell

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    It is nice to see that you are keping the memory of your "older generation" a live. A very comendable thing to do. I love to hear my dad tell me of his Grand parents and relitives, etc, as He is the only one who can tell me of my past generations, and our family line.

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    Was that Tyne Cott you went for one of them Ade? Frightening to see the names everywhere! And where the dead actually fell when defending their barracks-now the cross. Cracking photos mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by ade0303 View Post
    If anyones interested here are a selection of some of the pics I took on a recent trip to Belgium to visit my Great Great Grandfathers grave, there are some pics from Vimy Ridge in france too
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/3172037...7608388653441/
    there are only 60 odd in this one, I took over 400 pics very emotive and interesting place
    Nice Pics matey.. We visited Vimy Ridge memorial about 3 or 4 years ago. These memorials do make you very emotional indeed, I've seen many of them and it always amazes me how well they are maintained.
    A lot of canadians are buried there from WW1 , I have yet to visit such places without coming away in tears. One of the largest is at 'Charles Chapelle' memorial. We had a run up to the Normandy beaches earlier this year which are only 75 miles north of us, so its not too far, and the memorial overlooking Omaha beach is very impressive indeed, and as always a very emotional experience. I've always been interested in WW1 and WW2 and have spent much time visiting these places and researching the surounding area's of battle sites. Its very good to see and commendable that others like yourself have also taken the time to pay homage and respects to the many thousands who paid such a high price, sadly many of our populace do not care or think of such things.
    They make you feel very humble indeed, and rightly so, especially as we come to that time of year when we remember these people who gave their lives. Its sad to see that the only thing we appear to have learned from history is 'That we never learn from history'
    They will however not be forgotten.

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    lovely pics mate i was at the somme on 1st july 1976 as part of the gaurd of honour from the 1st Btn A&SH also there were 1st Btn RIR and a small delegation of french troops it was an honour for me personally to march through the village of albert with fixed bayonets and the pipes and drums from both regiments playing it was something that i will remember the rest of my life and one i wish never to forget

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    Very good pictures. My wife has two Great Uncle buried in Belgium, one in Lijssenthoek, and one in Ridge Wood. We visited a couple of years ago and took some photos. If I'm in Northern France or Begium, I'll often follow signposts to the cemeteries, just so someone still remembers.
    They're always beautifully kept and terribly sad.

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