The Wet Flanders Plain: Photographs, postcards and maps

 

 

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Personal photographs

 

The photographs that follow are a selection from HW's own album of those that he and Gipsy took on their honeymoon visit to the Western Front in 1925. Most have HW's captions.

 

 

wfp 2 labyrinth

 

wfp 3

 

wfp 4

 

wfp 5

 

wfp 6 Messines crater

 

wfp 7 Cloth Hall Ypres

 

wfp 8 HW  tank

 

wfp 9 Vimy ridge2

 

wfp 10 Vimy ridge3

 

wfp 11 HW Vimy ridge

 

wfp 12 plugstreet

 

wfp 13 LRB graves Ploegsteert1

 

wfp 14 LRB graves Ploegsteert2

 

wfp 15 Roclincourt

 

wfp 16 ancre

 

wfp 17 Schwaben redoubt

 

wfp 18 HW Arras 

 

An unidentified mine crater – almost certainly Lochnagar crater, on the Somme, detonated on 1 July 1916:

 

wfp 19 mine crater

 

wfp 20 aveluy wood

 

 

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Postcards – three postcards sent by Henry and Gipsy while on their honeymoon tour of the battlefields.

 

 

From Gipsy to her brother Frank, posted 31 May 1925:

 

 

wfp postcard ILW to Frank

wfp postcard ILW to Frank reverse

 

 

From HW to his father – for some reason sent to his place of work and forwarded on – posted on 1 June 1925:

 

 

wfp postcard HW to father

wfp postcard HW to father reverse

 

 

From HW to his mother, posted 1 June 1925:

 

 

wfp postcard HW to mother

wfp postcard HW to mother reverse

 

 

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Maps

 

 

The area around Ypres (from Ypres in War and Peace – with modern spellings of place names):

 

 

wfp map of ypres area

 

 

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The Ypres Salient: maps of the area north-east of Ypres and the area around Ploegsteert and Messines, dated 1924 (scale 1:40,000, but resized for this web page), that HW used on his 1925 visit:

 

 

wfp map ypres salient a

 

 

wfp map ypres salient b

 

 

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A sketch of Ploegsteert Wood from HW's notebook, with his explanatory note:

 

 

wfp plugstreet sketch

 

 

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A map of Ploegsteert Wood taken from a brochure produced by the London Rifle Brigade: 'Ploegsteert 1927 - The unveiling of the Commemorative Tablet in the London Rifle Brigade Cemetery at Ploegsteert on Sunday June 19, 1927':

 

wfp map ploegsteert

 

 

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This map was used by HW on his 1927 visit, marked up with the places and dates where he was in 1917 and visited ten years later:

 

 

wfp map 1917 area

 

 

 

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