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there are three main memorials to the missing in Belgium-Menin Gate,Tyne Cot and the Bedford Memorial near Plugsteert Wood.The one at P. Wood is very interesting-it has 2 beautiful stone lions-one has a fierce face and is facing German lines and the other looks to be almost smiling and looking towards British lines.This memorial was scheduled to be built in France(PL Wood is very near the French/Belgian border) but France spat its dummy out and said they already had enough memorials so the Belgians accepted it.The last post is also played here once a month.
Alot of the graves in the adjoining cemetry are reburials,they were originally burried in the grounds of the nearby chateau but after the war the Hennessy family returned to the chateau and insisited that the graves be moved from the chateau
Across the road from this memorial is a tiny cemetry -Hyde Park Corner where the grave of a 15 year old boy is buried but uptil the 1980's this gravestone did not show the boys age(he was underaged)-his brother campaigned for his age to be included and evetually it was.The boys father was originally redfused a pension for the boy but was eventually given it due to the intervention of his MP.
Also nearby is the spot where the Christmas truce 1914 wss and is marked by a cross placed by the Khaki Chuns organisation.The graves of some of those whose bodies were recovered on Christmes eve are buried in Rifle Hose cem. within Pl St. wood.
Replied: 16th Jul 2012 at 10:33