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043: April 1995

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Dig Hill 80 Project Whitesheet, 2018

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In 2015, during test trenching, a team
of archaeologists discovered a well- preserved German strongpoint at a ridge top near the village of Wijtschate (also known as Wytschaete – or ‘Whitesheet’ to the British). What the archaeologists had stumbled upon was unique; a piece of the formidable trench fortress that had remained virtually untouched s…


'St Eloi-Village of the craters" by Chris John.

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This illustrated talk by Chris John will look at the village of St Eloi on the Ypres Salient and the tunnelling and mining which occurred here in 1915/16. It examines the events of the often overlooked Battle of St Eloi craters in April 1916 and the 2nd Canadian Division's disastrous introduction to the Western Front. The talk also briefly looks at…


Understanding the Ypres Salient. An Illuminating Battlefield Guide

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Reviewed by Stephen Broomfield. On receiving this book my first thought was ‘Oh – yet another guide to the Ypres Salient’: I was perhaps a little unfair. This is a valuable guide. As might be expected, with Helion’s excellent production values – all maps and photographs are in colour and very clearly-produced. It is also of a size that will easily…


5 May 1915 Pte Herbert M Wightwick, 5th Bn CEF

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Born in Hastings, Sussex on 27 August 1885, Herbert emigrated to Canada where, at the time of the outbreak of war, he was employed as a clerk in Red Deer, Alberta. He enlisted at Red Deer into the Canadian Army and was attested at Valcartier on 22 September 1914. With the 5th Bn CEF, Herbert sailed from Quebec on 3 October 1914 and after harbourin…


23 May 1917: 13277 Sgt John Hudson, 9th & 10th Bn Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regt.

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13277 Sgt John Hudson, 9th & 10th Bn Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regt. Born at Cononley, North Yorkshire in 1895, John was a builder living in Bradley-in-Craven at the time of his enlistment. Enlisting at the beginning of the war, John was serving on the Western Front by mid-1915. Wounded by gas and shrapnel during the phosgene attack of…


5 June 1917: 37903 Pte John Bentham, 9th Bn York and Lancaster Regt

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From Low Bentham, Yorkshire, after being rejected for voluntary service in December 1915, he was conscripted into the York & Lancs at the end of October 1916 and had only been serving at the front from 7 April 1917 when he was killed in action in the Ypres Salient on 5 June 1917. Having no known grave, John is commemorated on the Menin Gate Mem…


28 June 1916: 404497 Pte. David Winton, 14 th Bn. CEF (Quebec Regiment)

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David emigrated to Canada in May 1910. A resident of Toronto at the time of his enlistment, he enlisted into the 35th Bn CEF on 12 April 1915 and was trained at Niagara Camp and in England where he was transferred to the 20th Battalion and then the 14th. David was killed in action in the Ypres Salient on 28 June 1916. He was buried in Railway Dug…


Ralph Lomas

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Ralph says that in the seventies a family friend, a Dunkirk veteran, told the story of his father, who had served in the 1st Essex Bn and died in Flanders in January 1918 and recommended Lynn Macdonald's book 'Passchendaele'. Ralph said that he remembers the veteran's stories stirred his imagination. In 1984 a small group trip to Belgium was arran…