Ypres


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A Belgian village that was the proving ground for the first modern (World War I) chemical weapons—chlorine, phosgene, mustard gas
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The visit also includes the world-famous Armistice service held every year at the Menin Gate in Ypres.
He brought the flag home with him to the North East on leave in 1915, saying: "I had often wondered how, and to whom, I should return it." He gave the flag to Lieut Col Fitzwilliams, who had also served at Ypres, and who wrote to the Belgian ambassador in London, saying "there seems no doubt that it is the genuine Standard and I have taken charge of it."
The Cloth Hall, at the heart of Ypres, was meticulously recreated using the original mediaeval designs.
By 1918 Ypres lay flattened, the countryside was an unrecognisable quagmire and a generation of men had been lost.
"The Menin Gate remembers the 54,398 missing in the Ypres sector up to 16 August 1917, and it was haunting to hear the bugles play as they have done almost continually since the end of the war."
Encouraged by the Allies' capture of the Messine Ridge on June 7, where the British exploded 19 underground mines before successfully storming the ridge, Haig decided to launch the offensive from the Britishheld Ypres salient.
Mr Stokes says: "The book has clearly been used, but is in remarkable condition as a survivor of World War I, which no doubt comforted its owner during the horrific warfare at Ypres."
Ypres Halls by Ian The It is an opportunity to be involved in the club's business side and will be followed by some music.
The tour is called "In Flanders Fields," thus sharing its name with the celebrated museum about the war in Ypres. A famous 1958 book (by Leon Wolff), which tells the story of the 1917 Third Battle of Ypres, is also In Flanders Fields.
A wreath was laid by the branch at the Menin Gate in Ypres with a message composed by a student from Welbeck Sixth Form College, the former site of Garats Hay Camp.
That pilgrimage culminated in a march through Ypres to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission's Menin Gate Memorial for a ceremony to commemorate the launch of the Hundred Days Offensive and in remembrance of those who never returned.