Revisiting The Western Front

Last year, I visited Ypres and the surrounding area for the Passchendaele 100th anniversary commemorations.  There was more to see and do than I could fit into that weekend, so a year later I returned to tick off the missing items:  The 6km "Canadian Road to Passchendaele" signposted walk, Essex Farm cemetery and dressing station, … Continue reading Revisiting The Western Front

Passchendaele100

My great grandfather, Frederick Allen Downing, survived the Battle of Passchendaele. Half a million soldiers, mostly from Great Britain, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and Canada, did not.  I joined Guided Battlefield Tours for their Passchendale Centenary Tour and went to pay my respects to his fallen comrades.  If Frederick had never returned home, my grandfather … Continue reading Passchendaele100