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WW1 War Graves Belgium.

Post by memory man » Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:53 pm

My wife and I would like to visit her grandfathers grave in Belgium
next year. We have certain details as to where he is buried, but would like
help in the best way in which to do this.
He was killed only 4 weeks before end of war.
Would the RBL be of any help?

We have plenty time to get this organised, so any help or
advice would be welcome.

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Re: WW1 War Graves Belgium.

Post by Lincoln » Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:58 pm

Perhaps the best way is. State what unit/regt he served with and then contact the Veterans association.
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Post by Happy in Cyprus » Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:07 pm

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission. You can search for your relative here: https://www.cwgc.org/find/find-war-dead

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Post by Jim B » Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:08 pm

MM
If you go on the War Graves Commission Web Site you can do a search for your wife's grandfather's place of rest.
I did this for my uncle who was killed at Monte Casino. It provides name of cemetery and plot number.

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Post by memory man » Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:11 pm

Thanks Jim,

I've got all those details already.
We know the cemetery, and the plot no.

Just really wanted any advice on how to go about
booking something as a trip.
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Post by Happy in Cyprus » Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:18 pm

But it's so easy with low cost airlines these days MM. When we took my Mum to Belgium (she lost her brother in WW11) a few decades ago we just booked a local inn for the night and made our own way there. I think we were able to walk to the cemetary. Just spent a couple of hours at the cemetary, looked at the Book of Rememberance and took some photos for posterity. Everything bookable on the internet now, which we couldn't in those days as it hadn't yet been invented. A very moving but worthwhile experience, so glad we did it.

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Post by Mike.1940 » Sun Aug 25, 2019 4:59 pm

Why not book a direct trip with several companies that advertise here in the UK They do 2 or 3 or 4 day trips.
If you find yourself in Ypres where the Menon gate is there lots of local trips which cover most of the Commonwealth sites from the various battles but in particular Paschendaele and in Ypres there is the St. George Chapel dedicated to every regiment and there you will find the Cloth building which has large exhibition "In Flanders fields". All viewable on the web.

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Post by Coles » Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:49 pm

Hi MM,

I have visited Ypres and the Somme 13 times with organised military tours.

I would thoroughly recommend staying at the Arianne hotel as I have stayed there many times, most recently in February this year. My wife and I used a local guide who you can contact direct - he was an exceptionally good and experienced guide. You can contact Jacques via this link https://www.ypres-fbt.com. He also officiates at the Last Post ceremony under the Menin Gate.

Personally, I would avoid certain times of the year that are anniversaries of major battles as Ypres gets very busy for these.

Jacques uses a minibus so this is not a coach tour with lots of people and would certainly entertain your specific requirements if possible. Given the time of year we were there, we were his only customers and he deviated from his usual routes to show us places that are not on the normal routes for first time visitors.

The Arianne is located in a quiet area but within a short walk of the Cloth Hall (in Flanders Fields Museum), St George’s Chapel the Ramparts Cemetry and the Menin Gate. The hotel also has it’s own collection of memorabilia and I would also recommend a visit to Sanctuary Wood Cafe complete with it’s preserved trench system and museum. This is a short drive from Ypres via Hell Fire Corner.

My wife is not a WW1 buff at all but she absolutely loved it and I am sure with your personal connection, you both will too.

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Post by Chaddy » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:50 pm

My grandfather fought at Ypres,he was lucky as he got taken prisoner by the Germans ( and treated well he told me ) I,ve visted the battle fields with tour guide,s and believe me this was not war, just pure slaughter.

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Post by Earlsfield » Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:03 am

I do make a point of visiting any commonwealth War grave sites I pass and must say it is humbling to see the work in keeping these places immaculate. Fitting resting places for those who gave their all for our today.

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Post by trevnhil » Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:43 pm

It seems like some posts are missing from this subject..
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Post by Firefly » Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:51 pm

Has anyone visited the war graves in Damascus ? My great uncle is buried there, I always meant to visit when I lived in Cyprus, but never did sadly.

I often wonder what state it's in now.

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Post by WHL » Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:11 pm

Firefly wrote:
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:51 pm
Has anyone visited the war graves in Damascus ? My great uncle is buried there, I always meant to visit when I lived in Cyprus, but never did sadly.

I often wonder what state it's in now.

Jackie
I did a Google map search and its still looking green, ( although I dont know when this was photographed) its located next to many embassy's, so I would imagine it, hasnt been near fighting.
https://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/ce ... -cemetery/

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Post by trevnhil » Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:35 pm

I am not sure if the change in server has altered what people can see.. Brian was asking about War graves in Belgium and how to get there.
I believe his missing posts say he has organised getting to Brussels, airport I assume..
But he was then asking for the best way to get to Ypres. ???

Surely War graves in another country entirely, would be better on their own thread..
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Post by Firefly » Sat Aug 31, 2019 3:57 pm

WHL

Thank you for your post, it makes sense, as my great uncle was in the RAMC.

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Re: WW1 War Graves Belgium.

Post by Coles » Sun Sep 01, 2019 12:13 pm

We travelled from Brussels by train to Ghent and then changed trains to Ypres.
Total journey time from Brussels was about 1 hour 20 so a taxi would be expensive.

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Post by memory man » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:19 pm

Trains:- Very cheap for over 65's. For 2 of us it cost €12 ?? in total.

Had to change at Kortrijk, but overhead electric was kaput, so we
got taxi at cost of €88 to get to Leper.

That was Friday evening.

On Saturday we went on a Battlefield tour for 4 hours €40 each ( very well
worth it ).The guide was excellent, and only 4 of us in bus, so he could give more.
The other 2 were Canadian parameds.

The stories that the guide told were fascinating ( all true ).

We visited several cemetaries on the tour and saw many monuments.

On Saturday evening, we went (early) to the Menin Gate in Ypres for the
daily ceremony. A scottish pipe band, the buglers and their band and many
people of all ages laying wreaths.
The Last Post is very emotional.
All of this brought a tear to my eyes, and I would highly recommend this trip to
anyone.
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Post by Dominic » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:22 pm

They should send any politician with a view to starting military action to visit these places as a matter of course.
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Re: WW1 War Graves Belgium.

Post by trevnhil » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:47 pm

It sounds like overall your trip was OK.. Well done A in doing the trip, and B in organising it..
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Re: WW1 War Graves Belgium.

Post by Coles » Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:40 pm

Hi MM,

Sounds like you had a good trip (apart from the issue with the trains).

Out of curiosity, did you use Jacques as your tour guide and stay at the Arianne?

Personally, I would have no hesitation in using both again and would recommend them to anyone planning a similar trip.

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